This unit will provide you with an advanced level of knowledge of the physiology of reproduction, stress and disease ecology in higher vertebrates. You will develop a comprehensive 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 and experience in applying this knowledge in novel situations. 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 recent developments in: ethical considerations in animal research: reproductive technologies; stress effects 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 as they apply to professional practice. The assessment in this unit will provide you with opportunities to demonstrate mastery in using primary literature to critique and apply knowledge and skills creatively in novel situations.
|Unit name||Advanced Conservation Physiology and Disease Ecology|
|Faculty/School||College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Natural Sciences
Elissa Cameron, Scott Carver
|Available as student elective?||Yes|
|Location||Study period||Attendance options||Available to|
- International students
- Domestic students
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|Study Period||Start date||Census date||WW date||End date|
* 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 2020 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2020 will be available from the 1st October 2019.
On completion of this unit, you will be able to:
1. demonstrate an advanced and integrated understanding of the physiology, endocrinology of reproduction, adrenal function and disease ecology in the terrestrial vertebrates
2. Formulate decisions regarding the conservation and captive breeding of terrestrial vertebrates by synthesising information from a selection of relevant and valid sources
3. integrate observations, and draw conclusions which apply expert judgements from, practical activities
4. communicate your research effectively using a range of formats relevant to a wide range of audiences
5. Justify animal research from an ethical perspective through careful consideration of impacts on individuals relative to benefits for conservation
|Band||CSP Student Contribution||Full Fee Paying (domestic)||Field of Education|
|2||2020: $1,190.00||2020: $2,354.00||010999|
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.
You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:
KPZ306 or KZA350 or KZA750
2 hr lecture and 3 hour practical each week
Assessment Task 1: ethics assignment; 10% Assessment Task 2: discussion paper 12.5%; Assessment Task 3: critical review essay 25%; Assessment task 4:poster 12.5%; Final examination 40%
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