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MI5031 - Diagnosis of Viral Disease in Aquaculture

Credit points: 3
Year: 2020
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 viral and 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 parasites;
  • integrate knowledge of specific disease characteristics and clinical signs into a plan for sample collection in the field;
  • critically interpret diagnostic results and relate them to clinical signs;
  • autonomously formulate detailed plans for safely conducting laboratory diagnostic procedures to identify viruses;
  • design sure transport and storage plans for diagnostic samples which enable accurate sample analysis.

Subject Assessment

  • Invigilated > End of semester exam - (45%)
  • Non-Invigilated > Assignments - (50%)
  • - (5%).
Prerequisites: MI2031
MI3031 and TV5240


Townsville, Study Period 9, Mixed attendance
Census Date 08-Oct-2020
Face to face teaching (tba)
Coordinator: Professor Ellen Ariel, Dr Karina Jones
Lecturers: Dr Jenny Elliman, Mrs Melissa Crawford, Professor Ellen Ariel, Dr Karina Jones, Dr Kelly Condon, Mrs Vanessa Harris, Mrs Kylie Carrigan, <Person not found>, Ms Kerri Trezona.
Workload expectations:

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

  • 16 hours lectures
  • 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.