ANIML SC 7043RW - Animal Biotechnology

Roseworthy Campus - Summer - 2022

The application of biotechnology to animals will be examined. Challenges facing the intensive and extensive livestock industries, equine and companion animals, and wildlife management and conservation, will be discussed and debated in the context of biotechnologies that may be applied. The contribution of biotechnology to laboratory animal models for human and animal disease, and the use of biotechnology for animal related issues such as disease control and biosecurity will be considered. The integration of these technologies to improve animal production, health and welfare will be explored. A range of genetic, immunological and reproductive technologies will be introduced with some practical exposure.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code ANIML SC 7043RW
    Course Animal Biotechnology
    Coordinating Unit School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences
    Term Summer
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s Roseworthy Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 7 hours per day over a 2 week intensive. Assignments and the exam are completed the following week.
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Incompatible ANIML SC 3043RW
    Assumed Knowledge BIOLOGY 1101 & BIOLOGY 1202 & ANIML SC 2503RW
    Restrictions Master of Biotechnology (Biomedical) and Master of Biotechnology (Biomedical) (Advanced)
    Assessment Participation, debate, exam, practical reports, written assignment
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Karen Kind

    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 limitations and challenges facing the animal industries and disciplines
    2 Describe the biotechnologies available for application in industries or disciplines that involve animals
    3 Explain the potential applications of current or developing biotechnologies to these animal related fields
    4 Evaluate and discuss public and ethical concerns over the use of animal biotechnology
    5 Locate and critically evaluate scientific literature and experimental studies relating to animal biotechnology and be able to effectively communicate the findings in oral and written form.

    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, 3

    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

    Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency

    Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.


    Attribute 7: Digital capabilities

    Graduates are well prepared for living, learning and working in a digital society.

    2, 3

    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.

    4, 5
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes

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    Learning Activities Summary
    Lectures will introduce a range of biotechnologies relevant to the animal industries, including gene editing, stem cell therapies, vaccine technology, reproductive technologies, somatic cell nuclear transfer, DNA technologies, protein technologies and bioinformatics.

    Lectures and tutorials will consider challenges facing the animal industries and the potential current or developing biotechnology solutions to these problems.

    Practical topics will include DNA Diagnostics, the use of ELISAs for protein diagnostics, cell culture and bioinformatics.
    Specific Course Requirements
    Attendance at practical classes is compulsory.  Students who do not attend a practical class, and do not have an approved absence, will not be able to submit the practical report associated with the practical.  Practical reports contribute 25% of the course grade.
  • 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? Learning Outcome Due
    Tutorial contribution / Participation Formative and summative 5% No 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 Throughout the 2 weeks
    Debate Formative and summative 10% No 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 End of week 2
    Practical reports Formative and summative 25% No 2, 3, 5 Weeks 2 and 3
    Written assignment Formative and summative 20% No 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 1 week after course ends
    Final Exam Summative 40% No 1, 2, 3, 4 End of week 3
    Assessment Detail
    Tutorial contribution / Participation (5% of total grade)
    Students will receive a mark based upon their contribution during discussions in tutorials. In addition, students will be required to submit suggested exam questions each day of the course (9 days); based on the content covered in lectures, tutorials and practicals on the previous day.

    Debate (10% of total grade)
    Students will be assigned a debate topic based on the use of biotechnology in the animal industries.  Students will be assessed based on their debate and rebuttal, contribution to general discussion and their assessment of other debate topics.

    Practical reports (25% of the total grade)
    Students will submit answer sheets and/or written reports related to three practical activities. Practical activities in the course are completed across a series of practical sessions. Practical 1 requires completion of short answer questions, and analysis and interpretation of practical results presented in a summary table. Practical 2 requires completion of short answer questions and a 1000 word report based on application of the techniques learnt in the practical. Practical 3 requires analysis and interpretation of the results, and a write-up in the format of a short journal article. Each report is due at the end of the appropriate week of the course.

    Written assignment (20% of the total grade)
    Students identify a current problem in the animal industries or disciplines, and discuss the potential application of biotechnology to address the problem. The assignment is a minimum of 2000 words.

    Final Exam (40% of the total grade)
    Students will sit a 3 hr final exam that will cover theoretical and practical topics from the course, and will include short and long answer questions.
    Assignments must be submitted by 5 pm on the due date. Late assignments will not be accepted (without an approved application for extension).

    Marked reports will be returned as soon as possible after the due date. Feedback on assignments will be via annotations on reports. Should students wish to have verbal feedback on assignments an appointment should be made with the course coordinator.

    Late submission of assessments
    If an extension is not applied for, or not granted then a penalty for late submission will apply. A penalty 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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