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MI3031 - Diagnosis of Viral Disease in Aquaculture

Credit points: 3
Year: 2022
Student Contribution Band: Band 1
Administered by: College of Public Health, Medical & Vet Sciences

This subject will present the principles and concepts of the role of microbes in aquatic animal disease, specifically the pathogenesis of the major viral diseases affecting tropical aquatic animals in aquaculture settings. Through hands-on experience, the students will learn to identify and investigate clinical signs in the field and develop specialised knowledge regarding correct sampling procedures. The students will develop and plan procedures that will enable traceability in sample collection from pond to laboratory. The students will engage with classical laboratory diagnosis and critically analyse procedures and results to develop decision-making skills for correct diagnosis.

Learning Outcomes

  • critically analyse and evaluate the role of disease in aquatic populations;
  • develop advanced knowledge of the main tropical aquatic animal viruses;
  • integrate knowledge of specific disease characteristics and clinical signs into a plan for sample collection in the field;
  • apply diagnostic reasoning to identify and manage viruses in aquatic systems.

Subject Assessment

  • Written > Examination - In class - (50%) - Individual
  • Written > Literature review - (20%) - Individual
  • Performance/Practice/Product > Practical assessment/practical skills demonstration - (30%) - Individual.

Special Assessment Requirements

Attempt all summative on-course assessment and achieve 50% or more on each in class examination, as well as an overall percentage of 50% or more; Attend all practical sessions, workshops, tutorials and field trips unless a valid medical reason or exceptional circumstance presents itself and documentation is provided.

Prerequisites: MI2031 or MI2011 or MI2021 or BM1000 or BZ1001 or PC2201
MI5031 and TV5240


Townsville, Study Period 2, Mixed attendance
Census Date 25-Aug-2022
Face to face teaching (tba)
Coordinator: Professor Ellen Ariel
Lecturers: Professor Ellen Ariel, Dr Leo Foyle, Dr Karina Jones, Dr Kelly Condon, Ms Jessica Grimm, Mrs Vanessa Harris.
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 16 hours lectures (didactic or interactive)
  • 8 hours tutorials
  • 27 hours practicals
  • assessment and self-directed study

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.