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MI5003 - Diagnosis of Bacterial Diseases in Aquaculture

Credit points: 3
Year: 2021
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
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 bacterial 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 anti-microbial resistance testing 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 bacteria;
  • integrate knowledge of specific disease characteristics and clinical signs into a plan for sample collection in the field;
  • autonomously formulate detailed plans for safely conducting laboratory diagnostic procedures to identify pathogenic bacteria;
  • critically interpret diagnostic results and relate them to clinical signs;
  • design sure transport and storage plans for diagnostic samples which enable accurate sample analysis.

Subject Assessment

  • Written > Examination (centrally administered) - (55%) - Individual
  • Written > Literature review - (20%) - Group
  • Performance/Practice/Product > Practical assessment/practical skills demonstration - (25%) - Group.

Special Assessment Requirements

Achieve a minimum of 40% across on course assessment, achieve a minimum of 40% final exam and the aggregate mark for the subject must be 50%

Inadmissible
Subject
Combinations:
MI2031

Availabilities

Townsville, Mixed attendance, Study Period 1
Census Date 25-Mar-2021
Face to face teaching (TBA)
Workload expectations:

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

  • 15 hours lectures (didactic or interactive)
  • 4 hours tutorials
  • 27 hours practicals
  • 30 hours self study - Self Directed Study
  • 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.