AP2A35-Animal Health and Disease

Module Provider: Agriculture
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Spring term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2017/8

Module Convenor: Dr Caroline Rymer

Email: c.rymer@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:
This module comprises a series of lectures and classroom exercises and a student project. During this time, students will learn about the disease threats that face an animal, the factors affecting an animal’s susceptibility to disease, and the measures that can be taken to prevent or control disease. In the student project, students research a particular disease (its cause, predisposing factors, means of prevention and control) and present their findings in a class presentation and as a written report. There is also an examination in the Summer Term.

This module aims to provide students with an understanding of animal health and disease. Emphasis is placed on the challenges posed by disease, the responses of animals to such challenges, and the management practices that can be employed to facilitate animal health.

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of the module it is expected that the student will be able to:
•Discuss the relationships between the disease challenges faced by the animal and its responses to those challenges
•Analyse the relationship between the animal, the causal agent and the environment in terms of the development and persistence of disease.
•Evaluate methods for preventing or controlling animal diseases

Additional outcomes:

Outline content:
The module is intended to provide an overview of the health and disease issues associated with farm and companion animals. Contents include general considerations of welfare, disease challenge and immunity and means of maintaining health and welfare in farm and companion species. The module will be of interest and relevance to students of agriculture, animal science and other biological science degrees.

The Lecture Content covers:

•General concepts of health and disease in domestic animals
•The causes of disease and poor health
•The defences and responses of animals to diseases
•Epidemiological factors related to disease susceptibility
•The methods for preventing or controlling animal diseases
•The principles necessary for the maintenance of health in domesticated animals

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
There will be two 50-minute lectures each week. Students are required to undertake independent research into a chosen animal health topic and prepare a presentation and a written report of 2000 words.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 20
Guided independent study 80
Total hours by term 100.00
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 50
Report 40
Oral assessment and presentation 10

Other information on summative assessment:
The project provides the basis for a report to be submitted in the last week of the Spring Term and a presentation and class discussion. The presentation and report on the animal health topic are worth 10% and 40% respectively of the assessment.

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convenor will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.

  • where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at: http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/FILES/qualitysupport/penaltiesforlatesubmission.pdf
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Length of examination:
    One and a half hour examination requiring the answers to two of four questions.

    Requirements for a pass:
    A mark of 40% overall.

    Reassessment arrangements:
    Re-examination in August / September only.

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    Last updated: 31 March 2017

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