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TV3001 - Transitions from Health to Disease 1

Credit points: 12
Year: 2012
Student Contribution Band: Band 3
Administered by: School of Veterinary & Biomedical Sciences

This subject, together with Transitions from Health to Disease 2, make up the third level of the BVSc degree program and the second of two years of the integrated veterinary science curriculum. The integrated curriculum is structured around a number of overlapping themes that combine knowledge, skills and attitudes, which are then delivered through a series of modules. The themes are: Structure and Function; Dysfunction, Agents of Disease and Defence; Animal Production, Management and Behaviour; Veterinary Services; Veterinary Practice; and Veterinary Professional Life. The Structure and Function theme will provide students with a solid understanding of the diversity of living things, the structure and function of plants and animals, and the techniques that are available to study them within the context of veterinary practice. The focus of the Dysfunction, Agents of Disease and Defence theme is to enable students to understand dysfunction and disease processes including their molecular and cellular basis and the diversity of causative organisms. Animal Production, Management and Behaviour will provide grounding in aspects of animal production and behaviour relevant to veterinary practice and in particular changes in animal behaviour that may be indicative of a change in health status. Veterinary Services encompasses those aspects of the veterinary profession that provide a service to the community through expertise in the study of the spread of disease and accompanying risks to populations and communities through introducing concepts of biosafety in association with the epidemiology and public health aspects. Elements of Veterinary Practice run through the Study Period to provide students with a foundation in the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary for clinical practice. The Veterinary Professional Life theme will provide students with the skills necessary to practice as a veterinarian in our changing world and to be able to continually access and use information as knowledge progresses.

Learning Outcomes

  • understand the key features of the immunopathology of important and common diseases across a range of animal species;
  • know the causative organisms of the common infectious diseases in a range of animal species;
  • understand the principles of animal production and management and their influences on animal health;
  • able to conduct of a post-mortem examination and ancillary procedures;
  • can apply of history taking and differential diagnosis techniques and basic clinical skills.

Graduate Qualities

  • The ability to adapt knowledge to new situations;
  • The ability to define and to solve problems in at least one discipline area;
  • The ability to select and organise information and to communicate it accurately, cogently, coherently, creatively and ethically;
  • The acquisition of coherent and disciplined sets of skills, knowledge, values and professional ethics from at least one discipline area;
  • The ability to reflect on and evaluate learning, and to learn independently in a self directed manner;
  • The ability to lead, manage and contribute effectively to teams;
  • The ability to work with people of different gender, age, ethnicity, culture, religion and political persuasion.
Prerequisites: TV2001 AND TV2002Allow concurrent for TV2001 AND TV2002


Townsville, Study Period 1, Internal
Census Date 22-Mar-2012
Coordinator: Dr Jackie Picard, Dr Graham Burgess
Workload expectations:
  • 185 hours lectures
  • 75 hours tutorials
  • 76 hours practicals
Assessment: end of semester exam (70%); other exams (9%); (21%).
Restrictions: An enrolment quota applies to this offering.

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.