Module code: MMVM004

Module Overview

Module four focuses on the issues of the spread and control of diseases transmitted by various routes such as air, direct contact and ingestion, using specific examples. Here the student will be exposed to the complex issues of trans-boundary diseases, the differing biological properties of the disease agents that enable transmission and the obstacles these present to their control and/or eradication.

Module provider

School of Veterinary Medicine

Module Leader

BEHBOUDI Shahriar (Vet Med)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 7

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Overall student workload

Independent Learning Hours: 100

Lecture Hours: 36

Tutorial Hours: 2

Practical/Performance Hours: 12

Module Availability

Semester 1

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

A detailed time table of the model content will be published 4 weeks prior to module start

Content to be covered:

Different pathogen transmission routes and the relationship of transmission pathways and control methods

Specific pathogen transmission pathways representing viral, bacterial and parasitic pathogens transmitted by aerosol, contact, faecal-oral or food-borne route, biting and wounds

Control measurements implement for different  pathogens and adaptation of control measures according to transmission pathways

Understanding the problems and possibilities of potential pathogen eradication

Emerging of new viruses

Response to global pathogen outbreak threats 

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework WRITTEN REPORT (1000 WORDS) 20

Alternative Assessment

An individual presentation may be used as an alternative to a group presentation

Assessment Strategy

Coursework     comprising:

(i) A “Rapid Reports”, in which each student will present a 5 min overview of a specific subtheme using no more than five p.p.t. slides (20%) All Rapid Report together set the theme for a final short Report to be written Students can use each other’s presentation to aid in composing the written component of the Rapid Report. (1000 words – 20%) 

(ii)  Scientific Essay (2000 words) on specific topic (60%). 


Students will receive verbal feedback during each lecture – this is achieved by the Lecturers asking questions and assessing student responses and input into discussions. The lecturer will then highlight areas of confusion or provide clarity where necessary. Individual one-to-one discussions are also possible with this small group of students.


Module aims

  • To provide a detailed overview of the biology of veterinary micro-organisms that are transmitted by routes such as air, direct contact and ingestion and to understand the concepts of disease transmission and control. 
  • To provide a detailed overview of the methods employed to interrogate the biology of vectored veterinary micro-organisms with specific reference to clinical observation of disease, surveillance, diagnostics, control measures and policies for control.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
1 Demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of those veterinary pathogens not transmitted by vectors and understand the biological relationship between pathogens and host in the spread of disease. K
2 Understand and rationalise the concept and needs for coherent national and transnational control through policy and legislation with special reference to non-vectored transmission. K
3 Critically assess the roles, strengths and limitations of reference laboratory activity in support of control measures and policy and assess the limitations of current methods of surveillance and diagnostic support especially in relation to advance warning and implementation of control measures. K
4 Critically assess control measures for non-vector borne diseases.  K
5 Evaluate pathogen-host interaction in terms the route of transmission C
6 Evaluate the methods of control of non-vector borne diseases C
7 Work independently demonstrating initiative, self-organisation and time management T
8 Communicate effectively orally and in written work T
9 Participate in group discussions and on group assignments T
10 Investigate and analyse problems T
11 Integrate numerical & non-numerical information T

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The module content will be delivered by a mix of lecture presentations, discussion groups, in-class group work, tutorials and coursework assignments.

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list
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Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Veterinary Microbiology MSc 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2019/0 academic year.