VET SC 7010RW - Systems Pathology

Roseworthy Campus - Semester 2 - 2023

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
    Restrictions Available to Doctor of Veterinary Medicine students only
    Assessment In-class tests, final exams, tutorial assessment
    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)

    Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth

    Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.


    Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving

    Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.


    Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills

    Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.


    Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness

    Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.


    Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.

  • 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
    Lecture / Tutorial topics
    Necropsy procedures
    Record keeping
    Sudden death
    Alimentary system
    Hepatobiliary system
    Exocrine pancreas 
    Respiratory system
    Cardiovascular system
    Urinary system
    Endocrine system
    Nervous systems
    Musculoskeletal system
    Clinical case analyses

    Pluck exam (heart and lungs) (4 sections)
    Small animal necropsy (4 sections)

    Specific Course Requirements
    To pass this course students must attend all practical and tutorial sessions as these activities are essential to the development and attainment of the Day 1 competencies. A minimum of 80% of attendance is required with timely submitted form for an approved absence to the course coordinator. Without a timely submitted form for an approved absence to the course coordinator, the student will not be allowed to attend the next assessment task in this course.
  • 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
    Written Assignment/Essay Quizzes Summative Weeks 5 & 12 20%

    Mid-semester exam Summative Week 7 35% 1-5
    Final exam Summative End of Semester 45% 1-5
    There are two Necropsy practicals and several tutorials. 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 assessment task. 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 in 2022.
    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
    Written Assignment/Essay Quizzes
    Mid-semester exam
    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.

    Written Assignment/Essay Quizzes (20% of final grade):
    Two summative written assignment / essay quizzes will be administered in class as scheduled. The two assessments will be equally weighted and account for 20% of the final course grade.

    Mid-semester exam (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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