VET TECH 2525RW - Epidemiology, Biosecurity and Food Security II

Roseworthy Campus - Semester 2 - 2021

Veterinary epidemiology is the scientific discipline which provides the tools to improve and maintain the health and welfare of animals by taking a `population approach? to disease control. Investigating, understanding, measuring and reporting the way that diseases persist and spread in populations are the first steps to reducing, controlling or eliminating the risk of ill health. All of these activities constitute the strategies used by epidemiologists to protect animal and human populations from the effects of uncontrolled diseases. Consequently, epidemiologists are the leaders of scientific teams responsible for local, regional, national or global biosecurity and for managing responses to disease outbreaks. This course will provide the student of animal health management with the basic tools and skills to embark on a career dedicated to improving animal health and welfare and to the protection of the health and economies of human societies by taking a population approach to understanding the existence and persistence of disease. Veterinary Public Health embraces the diagnosis, surveillance, epidemiology, control, prevention and elimination of zoonoses and of diseases that threaten food security and social cohesion; protection of food (including meat and milk) for human consumption; food and meat science; environmental protection; animal welfare standards; and the social, behavioural and mental aspects of human-animal relationships. Veterinary Biosecurity is intrinsically linked to Veterinary Public Health and covers specific aspects on disease prevention, disease surveillance at the national, regional, state and enterprise (farm) level and include notifiable, zoonotic, emergency animal and transboundary diseases.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code VET TECH 2525RW
    Course Epidemiology, Biosecurity and Food Security II
    Coordinating Unit School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s Roseworthy Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 7 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Prerequisites VET TECH 1030RW
    Restrictions Available to Bachelor of Veterinary Technology students only
    Course Description Veterinary epidemiology is the scientific discipline which provides the tools to improve and maintain the health and welfare of animals by taking a `population approach? to disease control. Investigating, understanding, measuring and reporting the way that diseases persist and spread in populations are the first steps to reducing, controlling or eliminating the risk of ill health. All of these activities constitute the strategies used by epidemiologists to protect animal and human populations from the effects of uncontrolled diseases. Consequently, epidemiologists are the leaders of scientific teams responsible for local, regional, national or global biosecurity and for managing responses to disease outbreaks. This course will provide the student of animal health management with the basic tools and skills to embark on a career dedicated to improving animal health and welfare and to the protection of the health and economies of human societies by taking a population approach to understanding the existence and persistence of disease.



    Veterinary Public Health embraces the diagnosis, surveillance, epidemiology, control, prevention and elimination of zoonoses and of diseases that threaten food security and social cohesion; protection of food (including meat and milk) for human consumption; food and meat science; environmental protection; animal welfare standards; and the social, behavioural and mental aspects of human-animal relationships.



    Veterinary Biosecurity is intrinsically linked to Veterinary Public Health and covers specific aspects on disease prevention, disease surveillance at the national, regional, state and enterprise (farm) level and include notifiable, zoonotic, emergency animal and transboundary diseases.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Professor Kapil Chousalkar

    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1 Describe the presence and progression of a disease in an animal population.
    2 Understand the principles of disease surveillance and outbreak investigations.
    3 Describe the principles of diagnosis and management of diseases in animal populations.
    4 Outline the principles of biosecurity and apply disease control measures.
    5 Explain the relationship between animal health, food hygiene and human food safety.
    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, 4, 5
    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, 3, 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
    4, 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
    4, 5
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    4
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes

    No information currently available.

    Workload

    No information currently available.

    Learning Activities Summary
    Lectures, seminars, tutorials and workshops addressing:
    • The history, scope and practice of medical and veterinary epidemiology
    • Agent-host-environment factors in disease causation
    • The descriptive terminology used in infectious disease epidemiology
    • Disease patterns, disease causation, disease control and detection
    • Causation inference
    • Measures of Association and Effect
    • Quantitative epidemiology: incidence, prevalence, survival, strength of association,risk factors, morbidity, mortality, disease ecology
    • Understanding the principles of various diagnostic tests
    • One Health/Planetary Health concepts
    • Veterinary public health, zoonotic disease and food safety.
    • Principles of disease response & control, surveillance, outbreak investigation, disease risk analysis 
    • Concepts of and clinical presentations of notifiable diseases, emergency animal and transboundary diseases
    • Concepts of Pre border, Border and Post border biosecurity
    • International trade and disease control (role of OIE, FAO, impact of World Trade Organisation etc)
    • Australian agencies responsible for animal and human health protection.
    • Important animal diseases exotic to Australia and the AUSVET/AQUAVET plans.
    • Principles of Enterprises Biosecurity manuals (e.g. farms, kennels, zoos) including principles of hazard analysis, critical-control points, bio-exclusion and bio-containment
    • PPE principles, hygiene, cleanliness, disinfection use
    Specific Course Requirements
    Attendance at all workshops and practical classes and completion of workshop activities is compulsory.
  • 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 Approximate timing of assessment
    Quiz 1 Formative, summative 10% No 1, 2 Week 3 to 4
    Quiz 2 Formative, summative 10% No 2, 3 Week 6 to 7
    Group Presentation Formative, summative 20% No 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 Week 8 to 10
    Workshop/attendance Formative, summative 0% Yes 2, 3, 4 Weeks 1 to 10
    Final exam Summative 60% Yes 3, 4, 5 End of Semester Examination Period
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Assessment Task with hurdle
    % needed to meet hurdle requirement Is additional assessment available if hurdle not meet? Type of additional assessment if available
    Final exam 50% Yes Additional written examination
    Practical class/workshop attendance and participation is compulsory 90% Yes Practicals which are missed due to unavoidable circumstances, for which documented evidence is provided, may be replaced with additional activities.
    Assessment Detail
    Quiz 1 (10%)
    After first three weeks, students will be tested on their familiarity with the disease diagnosis principles and approaches described and used in the first lectures and workshops. The in-class quiz will be for 30 mins with multiple-choice and/or short answer type questions.

    Quiz 2 (10%)
    After a further three weeks, students will be tested on their ability to apply principles of biosecurity. The in-class quiz will be for 30 mins with multiple-choice and/or short answer type questions.

    Group Presentation (20%)
    Each group will be assigned with a topic to present. Each group (up to 6 students in each group) will present at the information session. Each presentation will be marked (peer marked and marked by teachers). Each group will provide 15 min presentation
    followed by 5 mins of question time. The weightage for peer marks is 5%, and teachers marks will contribute 15%.

    Theory Exam (60%)
    The final written theory exam of two hours duration will examine all components of the course. It will consist of multiple choice, short answer or long answer questions.
    Submission

    No information currently available.

    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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