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Laboratory Disease Investigations - AVBS3888

Year - 2020

The laboratory investigation of animal diseases requires an interdisciplinary approach that may involve collaboration between pathologists, microbiologists, geneticists, epidemiologists, biotechnologists, statisticians, livestock managers, ecologists, public health workers, and governmental biosecurity agencies. The ability to identify and explore interdisciplinary links is a crucial skill for emerging professionals and researchers alike. This unit presents the opportunity to bring together the concepts and skills you have learnt in your discipline and work with students from other disciplines to investigate a real-world problem. In this inquiry- based unit, students will engage in two projects- one guided as a whole class, and one student-led interdisciplinary small group project that engages students in a real-life animal disease-based investigation in collaboration with students from other disciplines, supervised by a range of industry-engaged academics. The focus is on developing interdisciplinary skills, an investigative approach, and critical thinking and analysis in the context of the many faces of animal disease investigation. In this unit, you will continue to understand and explore disciplinary knowledge, while also meeting and collaborating with students from across the University through project-based learning; identifying and solving problems, collecting and analysing data and communicating your findings to a diverse audience. All of these skills are highly valued by employers. This unit will foster the ability to work in interdisciplinary teams, and this is essential for both professional and research pathways in the future.

on average, lecture 1h/wk, tutorial 2h/wk, practical 3h/wk

project 1 - individual report and reflective statement (15%), project 2 - group presentation (10%), project 2 - group report (40%), final individual reflective statement (5%), final exam (30%)

Assumed knowledge
Fundamental mechanisms of disease, basic microbiology and parasitology, basic epidemiology.


AVBS2001 and AVBS3001


Faculty: Science

Semester 2

24 Aug 2020

Department/School: Life and Environmental Sciences Academic Operations
Study Mode: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Census Date: 28 Sep 2020
Unit of study level: Senior
Credit points: 6.0
EFTSL: 0.125
Available for study abroad and exchange: Yes
Faculty/department permission required? No
More details
Unit of Study coordinator: Damien Higgins
HECS Band: 3
Courses that offer this unit

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