VET SC 7010RW - Systems Pathology

Roseworthy Campus - Semester 2 - 2017

Pathology is a core discipline in veterinary medicine. Students will learn general principles about the processes involved in disease. These general principles will then be demonstrated by study of specific diseases of animals and how they affect the major body systems.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code VET SC 7010RW
    Course Systems Pathology
    Coordinating Unit School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences
    Term Semester 2
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s Roseworthy Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 7 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Prerequisites VET SC 7009RW
    Incompatible VET SC 7000RW
    Restrictions Available to DVM students only
    Course Description Pathology is a core discipline in veterinary medicine. Students will learn general principles about the processes involved in disease. These general principles will then be demonstrated by study of specific diseases of animals and how they affect the major body systems.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Milton McAllister

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1 Develop the ability to properly describe gross lesions using appropriate pathologic terminology.
    2 Recognise the pathological features of the most common diseases in domestic animals.
    3 Be able to compare similar diseases in different animals.

    4 Be able to compare effects of similar lesions in disparate organ systems.
    5. Be able to critically evaluate when / what samples are required depending upon the differential diagnosis

    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Textbook: Pathologic Basis of Veterinary Disease, 6th Edition, edited by James Zachary
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    3 lectures of 1 hr each per week
    1 tutorial of 1 hr each per week
    1 practical of 3 hrs each per week

    Lectures that deliver theoretical knowledge are supported by tutorials that focus on application of theoretical knowledge in case-based scenarios and extension and reinforcement of concepts discussed in lectures. Practicals will provide an opportunity for the students to develop and extend technical skills in post mortem examination and clinical case analysis.


    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    A student enrolled in a 3 unit course, such as this, should expect to spend, on average 12 hours per week on the studies required. This includes both the formal contact time required to the course (e.g.,
    lectures and practicals), as well as non-contact time (e.g., reading and revision).
    Learning Activities Summary
    Lectures & Tutorial topics
    Alimentary system
    Liver, biliary system, exocrine pancreas.
    Respiratory system
    Cardiovascular system
    Urinary system
    Endocrine system
    PNS and skeletal muscle.
    Bones and joints.
    Female reproductive system
    Male reproductive tract.
    Lymphoid and haematopoietic systems
    Species specific pathology (fish, reptiles, amphibians, marine mammals, Australian native mammals)

    Lesions of alimentary tract.
    Lesions of respiratory tract.
    Lesions of cardiovascular system.
    Lesions of the urinary system.
    Lesions of endocrine organs and associated lesions of other organs.
    Lesions of the CNS and PNS.
    Lesions of the integument.
    Lesions of the female reproductive tract and fetus.
    Lesions of the male reproductive tract
    Pathology of marine mammals

  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment Task Task Type Due Weighting Hurdle Learning Outcome
    Four quizzes Summative fortnightly between exams 20% YES 1-5
    In class written exam Summative Mid Term 35% 1-5
    Summative End of Semester 45% 1-5
    There are three Necropsy practicals and one Endocrine tutorial. Multiple sessions will be provided to enable flexibility in scheduling. Attendance of each of these practical and tutorial sessions is mandatory. If a student misses a mandatory practical or tutorial without an approved excuse, then the following consequence will apply: the student will not be allowed to sit the next quiz. Formative  as scheduled for each student 1, 4, 5
    An exemption to the hurdle requirements of the Assessment for Coursework Programs Policy has been approved by the Faculty of Sciences for 2017.
    Assessment Related Requirements

    Assessment Item with hurdle % needed or requirement to meet hurdle Is additional assessment available if student
    does not meet hurdle requirement? Yes or No
    Details of additional assessment, if available
    Four quizzes, In class written test AND Final Exam cumulative minimum of 65% Yes
    Students that do not attain the cumulative 65% minimum requirement will be eligible for an additional  assessment if they obtained a cumulative mark 60% or above. No additional assessment will be offered to students who obtain less than a 60% cumulative score.

    Assessment Detail
    Practical skills (0% of final grade):  Instructors will provide immediate formative feedback to each individual student when they attempt new skills in practical sessions.  Instructors will provide immediate formative feedback to student groups during tutorial sessions.

    Four quizzes (20% of final grade):
     Summative quizzes will be administered in class as scheduled. The four summative quizzes will account for 20% of the final course grade.  The format will be a combination of short answer and multiple choice questions.

    In class test (35% of final grade): An in-class midterm exam will be conducted at approximately mid-semester.  The format will be multiple choice questions.

    Major exam (45% of final grade): The final exam format will be multiple choice questions.

    Late Submission

    If an extension is not applied for, or not granted then a penalty for late submission will apply. A mark of zero will be allocated to late submitted assessment.
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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