Module Identifier RSM0120  
Academic Year 2007/2008  
Co-ordinator Dr Mina C G Davies-Morel  
Semester Semester 1  
Other staff Dr Colin J Jackson, Professor John Barrett, Dr Lesley N Manchester  
Course delivery Lecture   1 x 2 hour lectures per week  
  Seminars / Tutorials   6 x 2 hour seminars per semester  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Assessment Seminar Presentation: Students will select an appropriate seminar topic to investigate independently.30%
Semester Exam3 Hours  70%
Supplementary Exam3 Hours  100%

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
1. Identify key components of the equine immune system

2. Discuss immunological aspects of equine reproduction, stress and exercise

3. Outline the key features of equine hypersensitivities, deficiencies and autoimmune diseases

4. Discuss the principles, merits and limitations of equine immuno-diagnostic tests and vaccinations

5. Discuss the principles of integrated programmes for the control of equine parasites

6. Discuss the principles governing the selection of appropriate anthelmintics

7. Evaluate the approaches used for the isolation and identification of equine bacterial pathogens

8. Discuss the means by which bacteria are able to cause disease in equines

9. Identify the procedures for the diagnosis and treatment of bacterial infections.

Brief description

This course will consider in detail equine immunology, parasitology and bacteriology. Molecular, cellular and organic components of the equine immune system will be outlined. Immunological aspects of equine reproduction, development and ageing will be discussed, along with a variety of immunological malfunctions and manipulations. The principles of integrated programmes for the control of equine parasites will be considered and applied to the use of appropriate anthelmintics. The isolation and identification of equine bacteria will be studied along with the means by which such bacteria are able to cause equine disease. This knowledge will then be applied to the principles of diagnosis and treatment of such disease.

Module Skills

Research skills Students will be required to include critical analysis and evaluation of current research in their presentations; as such their research skills will be developed.  
Communication Students will be required to present an oral presentation, with discussion time, on a specified area. In addition, they will be required to write a short summary of their presentation along with a full bibliography. As such, their written and oral communication skills will be directly assessed.  
Information Technology Students' ability to use information technology will be developed and assessed as they will be required to use visual aids when delivering their seminar presentation.  

Reading Lists

** General Text
ANDERSON, R C (2000) Nematode parasites of vertebrates 2nd edition. CABI 0851994210
GEORGI, J R (1999) Georgi's Parasitology for veterinarians W B Saunders, Philadelphia 0721670970
ROITT, I. BROSTOFF, J and MALE, D (2001) Immunology 6th. Mosby, New York 0723431892
ROSE, R J and HODGSON, D R (1999) Manual of equine practice 2nd. W B Saunders, Philadelphia 0721686656
TIZARD, I R (2004) Veterinary immunology 7th. W B Saunders, Philadelphia 0721601367
TURNER, R J (1994) Immunology: a comparative approach Wiley 0471944009

** Recommended Text
** Consult For Futher Information


This module is at CQFW Level 7