ANIML SC 2540RW - Animal Microbiology and Virology II

Roseworthy Campus - Semester 1 - 2021

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.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    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 Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Darren Miller

    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    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)
    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)
    1, 2, 3
    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
    2, 4, 5
    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
    5
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    5
    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
    5
  • Learning Resources
    Recommended Resources
    Hagan 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 Modes
    This 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,
    Workload

    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
    The content that will be covered in lectures and practicals includes:
    • Microbial taxonomy
    • Introduction to pathogens, commensals and symbionts
    • Bacteriology
    • Virology
    • Mycology
    • Protozoan biology
    Specific Course Requirements
    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

    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 Weighting Hurdle
    Yes/No
    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 Detail
    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.

    Quizzes (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.

    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.
    Submission

    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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    SELTs are an important source of information to inform individual teaching practice, decisions about teaching duties, and course and program curriculum design. They enable the University to assess how effectively its learning environments and teaching practices facilitate student engagement and learning outcomes. Under the current SELT Policy (http://www.adelaide.edu.au/policies/101/) course SELTs are mandated and must be conducted at the conclusion of each term/semester/trimester for every course offering. Feedback on issues raised through course SELT surveys is made available to enrolled students through various resources (e.g. MyUni). In addition aggregated course SELT data is available.

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