Module code: MMVM007

Module Overview

In this module, the students will be introduced to the most important gastro-intestinal diseases of animals (viral, bacterial, fungal and parasitic), making a special reference to those with a zoonotic potential. The students will also be introduced to the HACCP legislation and will have the opportunity to to gain an extra qualification (FDQ level 3).

Module provider

School of Veterinary Medicine

Module Leader

ASFOR Amin (Vet Med)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 7

JACs code: C522

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

Overall student workload

Workshop Hours: 5

Independent Learning Hours: 110

Lecture Hours: 17

Tutorial Hours: 16

Practical/Performance Hours: 2

Module Availability

Semester 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

Indicative content includes:

·         Anamtomy and physiology of the digestitve tract of animals (comparative)

·         Campylobacteriosis

·         Clostridiosis

·         Listeriosis

·         Salmonella and E. coli infections

·         Brachyspira and Lawsonia

·         The normal microbial gut flora (metagenomics). Diet and health status changes

·         Veterinary probiotics: an alternative to antibiotics.

·         Overview of common intestinal parasites

·         Calicivirus (Norovirus)

·         Ratovirus and Coronavirus

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework ESSAY (RAPID REPORT) 20
School-timetabled exam/test IN COURSE TEST MCQS (HACCP) (1.5 HOURS) 20

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate:

·         Content knowledge of gastrointestinal diseases of animals

·         Writing ability and use of terminology

·         Presentation skills

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

·         Oral presentation (20%)

·         Essay (rapid report) (20%)

·         In course test MCQs (HACCP) (20%)

·         Written essay question exam at the end of semester (40%)

Formative assessment

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 an in-depth understanding of infectious diseases of the gastro-intestinal tract of animals.
  • To provide an in-depth understanding of the mechanisms of pathogenesis unique to the gastro-intestinal tract, pubic health and food safety, and special reference to control measures.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
1 Demonstrate a detailed understanding of the main infectious agents of the gastro-intestinal tract of animals and their mechanisms of pathogenesis. K
2 Demonstrate a detailed understanding of the GIT as a niche, the impact of the diet and the microbiome on infection. K
3 Discuss how infectious agents are adapted to this niche and cause the pathology that is induced. K
4 Evaluate methods of disease transmission also with reference to humans (zoonoses). K
5 Consider the role and limitations of diagnostics and reference laboratory activity in the description and control of GIT related diseases. K
6 Evaluate options, mechanisms and biological limitations for the control of infectious agents in this niche K
7 Understand the importance of public health and food safety and the legislation that is involved. K
8 Evaluate considerations relating pathogen and niche C
9 Evaluate considerations relating to diagnosis and control C
10 Work independently demonstrating initiative, self-organisation and time management T
11 Communicate effectively orally and in written work T
12 Participate in group discussions and on group assignments T
13 Investigate and analyse problems T
14 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 learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

·         Provide gastro-intestinal diseases (infectious) in the context of One Health

·         Allow students to develop skills identifying GI tract structures and sample collection

·         Provide students with a sound background on HACCP principles and legislation

The learning and teaching methods include:

·         Lectures, practical (post-mortem examination and sample collection), small group sessions and presentations and role plays in groups.

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.

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Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Veterinary Microbiology MSc 2 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.