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Undergraduate Course: The Animal Body (2) (BVMS08053)

Course Outline
SchoolRoyal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies CollegeCollege of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits40 ECTS Credits20
SummaryThe Pathobiology of the animal body course deals with the scientific principles and basic mechanisms of the molecular, cellular and tissue changes in disease including cellular pathology, inflammation and host immune mechanisms. Bacterial, viral, parasitic and mycotic diseases are introduced beginning with the general features of the biology of infectious agents followed by more detailed coverage of the mechanisms of pathogenesis, immunity and control of specific diseases of domesticated animals. The course includes laboratory methods for diagnosis of diseases and practical instruction is given in appropriate laboratory techniques. These topics should provide the student with an understanding of the pathogenesis and control of infection and will lay the foundation for consideration of infectious diseases and immunity in subsequent courses in later years.
Course description 1 To understand the mechanisms of pathogenesis including the processes involved during transmission, establishment, progression, resolution and control of infection.
2 To study the principles and structure of the host immune system, and learn how it functions in disease and with vaccination.
3 To comprehend the roles of microbial (bacteria, viruses, parasites) and host factors involved in the interaction between animals and specific pathogens, associated pathological and clinical sequelae and including the anatomy and histopathology of lesions.
4 To safely handle and manipulate materials containing pathogens for the isolation and identification of agents of infectious disease.
5 To understand the basis for diagnosis and identification of specific infectious diseases.
6 To appreciate the risks of specific pathogens to animals, animal handlers (including veterinarians) and the general public.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2015/16, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Full Year
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 400 ( Lecture Hours 95, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 10, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 104, Summative Assessment Hours 7, Revision Session Hours 1, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 8, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 175 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 80 %, Coursework 20 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Written Exam - 80% - May
Short answer - 1.5 hours - 30%
Data Analysis and interpretation - 2 hours - 30%
Online spot MCQ - 1 hour - 20%

In course - 20%
Essay - 12%
Presentation - 8%
Feedback Paper copy of feedback to be provided for in course assessments.
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Outwith Standard Exam Diets MayShort question Paper1:30
Outwith Standard Exam Diets MayAnalysis and interpretation paper1:30
Outwith Standard Exam Diets MayMCQ paper (online spot)1:00
Resit Exam Diet (August)Short question paper1:30
Resit Exam Diet (August)Analysis and interpretation paper1:30
Resit Exam Diet (August)MCQ paper (online spot)1:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Describe and comprehend the important features and mechanisms of pathological processes and understand how these produce disease and clinical signs.
  2. Define and use specailist terminology applied to infectious diseases and their control.
  3. Comprehend the environmental, pathogen and host factors involved in the transmission, persistence, consequences and control of infection.
  4. Describe the pathogenic processes at cellular and molecular levels of viral, bacterial, fungal and parasitic diseases of animals, including zoonoses.
  5. Correlate causal organisms and mechanisms with resultant pathological alterations, lesions and clinical disease.
Reading List
Relevant reading lists will be provided at the beginning of each topic.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserDr Robert Dalziel
Tel: (0131 6)51 9233
Course secretaryMiss Amanda Huggan
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