ANIML SC 2540RW - Animal Microbiology and Virology II
Roseworthy Campus - Semester 1 - 2024
General Course Information
Course Code ANIML SC 2540RW Course Animal Microbiology and Virology II Coordinating Unit School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences Term Semester 1 Level Undergraduate Location/s Roseworthy Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 6 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Prerequisites (VET TECH 1010RW or BIOLOGY 1202) and (BIOLOGY 1101 or BIOLOGY 1401 or BIOLOGY 1001)) Incompatible ANIML SC 3020RW Course Description An introduction to the biology of microorganisms of importance in and to animals. Topics to be considered include: form and function of major groups of microorganisms (including bacteria, viruses, fungi and protozoans); classification and identification; pathogenic features, symbiotic and commensal lifestyles; basic concepts of physiology and function; reproduction and life cycles; practical skills for manipulating these microorganisms and studying their activities.
Course Coordinator: Dr Darren Miller
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes
1 Demonstrate knowledge of microorganisms that apply to a wide variety of animal species (including wildlife, production and companion animals) 2 Demonstrate laboratory skills in handling microorganisms 3 Demonstrate an understanding of microbial ecosystems and animal interactions 4 Synthesise information with data and present findings 5 Exhibit skills in problem solving, critical analysis, team work and communication
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.
1, 2, 3
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.
2, 4, 5
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.
Recommended ResourcesHagan and Bruner's Microbiology and Infectious Diseases of Domestic Animals by John Timoney, James H. Gillespie, Fredric W. Scott, and Jeffrey E. Barlough
Veterinary Microbiology: Bacterial and Fungal Agents of Animal Disease by J. Glenn Songer and Karen W. Post
Microbiology of Animals and Animal Products by JB Woolcock (editor)
The Nutritional Microbiology of Farm Animals by D.N. Kamra and N.N. Pathak
Animal Microbiology. Vol.2 By A Buxton, G Fraser
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThis course will be delivered in the following means:
Internal: 3 x 1 hour lecture per week as a block, 1 x 3h practical per week,
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 SummaryThe content that will be covered in lectures and practicals includes:
- Microbial taxonomy
- Introduction to pathogens, commensals and symbionts
- Protozoan biology
Specific Course RequirementsFailure to attend practicals (without an approved absence) will result in students being unable to submit and therefore receive assessment for the practical (i.e. the practical report). If the student has an approved absence (i.e. on medical or compassionate grounds), they will be given an opportunity to complete a replacement/alternative (but equal) assessment task.
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- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
- Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
- Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
Assessment Task Task Type Weighting Hurdle
Learning Outcome Due Quizzes Formative/Summative 10% No 1, 3 Throughout semester Practical reports Formative/Summative 25% No 2, 4, 5 Throughout semester Journal paper critical review Formative/Summative 15% No 1, 3, 5 After 4 weeks Final exam Summative 50% Yes 1, 3 End of semester
Assessment Related Requirements
Assessment Item with Hurdle or compulsory component % needed to meet hurdle or requirement to meet compulsory component Is additional assessment available Type of additional assessment Final Exam 40% Yes Additional exam Failure to attend practicals (without an approved absence) will result in students being unable to submit and therefore receive assessment for the practical (i.e. the practical report). If the student has an approved absence (i.e. on medical or compassionate grounds), they will be given an opportunity to complete a replacement/alternative (but equal) assessment task.
Assessment DetailQuizzes (10%):There will be 4 quizzes over the semester, each quiz worth 2.5%. Quizzes will be administered via MyUni and be based on course content delivered during lectures.
Practical reports (25%):
There will be 6 practicals over the semester, with 4 being assessed. The major practical will be assessed as a 10 minute oral presentation (17.5%). Students work in groups of two to determine the identity of an unknown microorganism in the remaining practical exercise and then provide a report given as an oral presentation approximately half way through the semester. Each student will contribute to the team report on the particular type of disease and underlying physiology as well as pair reports on
the specific pathogen. A further three practicals will be assessed using a combination of online quizzing and short
practical reports which may include drawings, descriptions and discussion of important points (2.5% each). Students will receive written feedback on practical assessments where possible.
Journal paper critical review (15%):
A 1000 word limit written critique and review of a primary research article on a microorganism will be submitted approximately one month into the semester. The exercise will improve the students’ ability to analyse and assess primary literature and the feedback will assist the students’ written communication skills.
Final Exam (50%):
The final exam 3 hour exam will occur during the final semester examination period to ensure summative knowledge of course material. The style of questions may include Short Answer, Multiple Choice and Essay.
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.
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.
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