Disease and its Control in Animals - 2017

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Web Dependent
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 14 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: Sess 2
  • Availability for 2017: Sess 2
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 (20%) , Assignment 2 (20%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 3,243.00
International 3,493.00

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into the course Graduate Diploma in Rural Science.

The unit comprises ten modules. The first introduces students to disease processes, investigation and control principles and regulatory aspects of disease control in animals. The second is on the biology of gastrointestinal parasites and principles of control, with a focus on grazing animals. The remaining eight modules deal with the major diseases and health management of sheep, grazing beef cattle, feedlot beef cattle, dairy cattle, chickens, pigs, dogs, horses and Australian native animals. This unit has a practical orientation with involvement of practising veterinarians, consultants and researchers where possible.

Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate an advanced knowledge of and be able to describe, analyse critically and evaluate the major health problems in farm animals, dogs, horses and Australian wildlife;
  2. demonstrate an advanced cognitive and technical understanding of the impact of animal diseases in a biological and economic sense;
  3. demonstrate an advanced cognitive and technical understanding of the integrated control of disease in the different animal species, and the role of good husbandry in maintaining animal health;
  4. demonstrate autonomy, well-developed judgement, adaptability and responsibility in the recognition and appropriate treatment of animal disease problems; and
  5. analyse critically, evaluate and transform information to complete a range of activities and communicate them to others efficiently in written and verbal form.
  • Assignment 1 (20%)
  • Assignment 2 (20%)
  • Non-Invigilated Exam (35%)
  • Non-Invigilated Mid Term Exam (15%)
  • Seminar (10%)

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

  • Broadband access
  • Some on campus attendance — This unit includes an on-campus intensive at the Armidale campus of UNE

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Introduction to disease, disease prevention and regulatory aspects
2Understanding and managing parasitic disease in farm animals
3Diseases and health management in the sheep industry
4Diseases and health management in the beef industry
5Diseases and health management in the feedlot cattle industry
6Diseases and health management in the dairy industry
7Diseases and health management in the poultry industry
8Diseases and health management in the pig industry

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This unit is not currently a requirement for any courses, but may be eligible for credit.

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

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