ANIML SC 2545RW - Animal Health II

Roseworthy Campus - Semester 1 - 2024

This course will provide students with an understanding of basic immunology, epidemiology and disease investigation in animals. Content will include health management of Australian farm animals and horses.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code ANIML SC 2545RW
    Course Animal Health 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 (BIOLOGY 1101 or BIOLOGY 1401) and BIOLOGY 1202; 6 units of first year Biology)
    Incompatible ANIML SC 3016RW
    Course Description This course will provide students with an understanding of basic immunology, epidemiology and disease investigation in animals. Content will include health management of Australian farm animals and horses.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Roy Kirkwood

    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1 Describe basic immunological and epidemiological processes
    2 Describe how animal management practices impact on disease in animals
    3 Describe the threat posed to Australia by exotic disease
    4 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.

    1, 2, 3, 4

    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.

    1, 2, 3, 4
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Face to face contact (average week):
    • 1 x 3hr lecture
    • 1 x 3hr practical session

    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
    • Immunology
    • Parasitology
    • Epidemiology
    • Biosecurity
    • Food Safety
    • Animal Management (species specific)
    • Immune cells and ELISAs
    • Parasitology
    • Health and disease modelling
    • Sheep necropsy
    • Animal health in developing countries
    • Intensive production systems and herd health
    • Personal protective equipment (PPE) demonstration
  • 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 Type of Assessment
    Weighting Hurdle
    Learning Outcome Approximate timing of asessment
    Quizzes Summative and Formative 20% No 1, 3, 4 Throughout course
    Mid-term exam Summative and Formative 20% No 1, 3, 4 Week 7
    Written Assignment Summative and Formative 15% No 1, 2, 4 Approx week 9
    Final Semester Exam Summative 45% No 2, 3, 4 Exam week
    Assessment Detail
    Students will be given 10 MCQ quizzes (20%) throughout the course to promote learning. These quizzes will be provided on-line, be open book, and will allow multiple days for completion and include questions from the lectures, practicals, ILAs and tutorials.

    Mid-term exam
    During week 7, students will sit a 1.5 hour exam covering the first 6 weeks The exam will include MCQ and/or short answer questions. Their mark as well as the review session will provide students with feedback on their performance.
    Written Assignment
    Students will submit a written assignment (15%) focused on a problem associated with animal health (approximately 1000 words). 
    Final Exam
    The final 3 hour exam (45%) will be composed of multiple choice and/or short answer questions. The content of all practicals and lectures will be examinable in the final exam.

    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 ( 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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