Gwybodaeth Modiwlau

Module Identifier
Module Title
Disease Diagnosis and Control
Academic Year
Semester 2
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Workshop 4 x 1 Hour Workshops
Lecture 30 x 1 Hour Lectures
Field Trip 3 x 2 Hour Field Trips
Practical 1 x 4 Hour Practical


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Online MCQ  10%
Semester Assessment In-class MCQ  10%
Semester Assessment Laboratory report  (1500 words maximum)  40%
Semester Exam 2 Hours   40%
Supplementary Assessment Students must take elements of assessment equivalent to those that led to failure of the module.  60%
Supplementary Exam 2 Hours   Students must take elements of assessment equivalent to those that led to failure of the module.  40%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

1. Demonstrate knowledge of how animals can be examined and handled.

2. Discuss the fundamental biological principles underpinning a range of diagnostic techniques.

3. Describe and evaluate different control measures in the treatment of veterinary diseases.

4. Interpret and report data generated by diagnostic techniques.

Brief description

The module combines animal handling and examination training, laboratory practical sessions on diagnostic tools and a series of lectures from veterinary surgeons and researchers on animal diagnosis and treatment. Focusing on the veterinary context, this module will introduce the techniques used in the diagnosis of both infectious and non-infectious diseases. It will describe the scientific basis and application of molecular (e.g. PCR), cellular (e.g. complete blood count) and whole-organism (e.g. behavioural symptoms) techniques to identify diseases caused by areas such as nutrition, infection and hereditary genetic conditions. Finally, an introduction to prevention and control strategies of specific diseases will be described such as vaccination, drug treatment and environment management.


The module aims to provide students an understanding of the different types of diagnostic techniques and how they function to identify diseases. The module also introduces the principles of veterinary pharmacology.

This is a brief outline of module content, however content of the five teaching blocks may vary.

Introduction to Behavioural & Physiological Diagnosis
- Including an understanding of how a veterinary surgeon examines an animal and key veterinary diagnostic equipment.
Introduction to Haematology
- Including biology and diagnostics using red blood cell, white blood cell and platelet counts.
Introduction to Clinical Biochemistry
- Including detection & diagnostics for a range of key metabolites.
Introduction to Disease Control Methods
- Including coverage of management, prevention and vaccination.
Introduction to Veterinary Pharmacology
- Including understanding drug mode of actions and dosage.

Practical sessions will include animal handling and examination training and laboratory-based experiments using diagnostic techniques.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number Practical classes will involve the collection and analysis of data. Analysis will be assessed in the associated coursework and feedback on this aspect will be given. The exam will also include a data interpretation question.
Communication Students will develop effective written communication skills in the examination and coursework, where these will be assessed. Feedback will be given for coursework.
Improving own Learning and Performance Module contains workshops/seminars on how to best to tackle exam questions. Feedback will be given but no specific assessment will be utilized.
Information Technology Presentation of coursework will be assessed, which should be prepared on a computer and feedback on this aspect will be given. Part of the coursework will be an on-line MCQ.
Personal Development and Career planning
Problem solving Practical classes will involve problem solving. These will be assessed in associated coursework. Feedback on this will be given for the coursework. The exam will also include a data interpretation question.
Research skills The research skills associated with collation and processing of relevant information are developed and will be tested in all assessments. Feedback will be given on coursework.
Subject Specific Skills The module requires students to understand a range of techniques that are essential to many careers in biological/veterinary careers.
Team work The practical sessions will involve an element of team work.


This module is at CQFW Level 4