Courses & Units

Conservation Physiology and Disease Ecology KPZ306

Hobart

Introduction

This unit will provide you with, first, a strong grounding in the physiology of reproduction, stress and disease ecology in higher vertebrates.  You will develop your understanding of how knowledge of a species' physiology and behaviour, particularly in relation to reproduction,is critical to the implementation of sound conservation strategies and captive management.  Retaining the theme of conservation management, you will gain an appreciation of the importance of understanding disease ecology and epidemiology for conservation.  Fundamental topics covered will include:  sexual differentiation; physiology of gestation and lactation in eutherian and marsupial mammals; comparative endocrinology of reproduction in birds and reptiles; adrenal physiology; the stress response; the transmission of infectious disease; causes of disease emergence in wildlife; and disease control.  You will consider special topics including" ethical considerations in animal research; reproductive technologies; stress effect on reproduction; non-invasive hormone monitoring; endocrine disruptors; disease surveillance; exposure versus infection; and understanding disease dynamics.  In practical classes you will gain hands-on experience in relevant laboratory and theoretical research techniques.  Assignments will develop your ability to access primary literature and to critique and apply such information,and will improve your understanding of experimental design and analysis, and your scientific communication skills.

Summary

Unit name Conservation Physiology and Disease Ecology
Unit code KPZ306
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School Faculty of SET, AMC, IMAS
School of Biological Sciences
Discipline Plant Science|Zoology
Coordinator

Dr Ashley Edwards

Teaching staff

Prof Elissa Cameron, Dr Scott Carver

Level Advanced
Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No

Availability

Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic

Key

On-campus
Off-Campus
International students
Domestic students
Note

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 26/2/2018 23/3/2018 16/4/2018 3/6/2018

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2018 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2018 will be available from the 1st October 2017.

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Fees

Domestic

Band Field of Education

Fees for next year will be published in October. The fees above only apply for the year shown.

Please note: international students should refer to this page to get an indicative course cost.

Requisites

KZA211 and KZA212

Mutual Exclusions

You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:

KZA350

Teaching

Teaching Pattern

2 hr lecture and 3 hour practical each week

Assessment

Internal assessment (60%) comprising:  ethics assignment (12.5%), critical review essay (25%), discussion paper (12.5%), poster (10%).  Final exam (3-hours) (40%).

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Textbooks

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