Please note: there may be some adjustments to the teaching arrangements published in the course catalogue for 2020-21. Given current circumstances related to the Covid-19 pandemic it is anticipated that some usual arrangements for teaching on campus will be modified to ensure the safety and wellbeing of students and staff on campus; further adjustments may also be necessary, or beneficial, during the course of the academic year as national requirements relating to management of the pandemic are revised.

Pathogens and Disease BIOL5274

  • Academic Session: 2020-21
  • School: Biodiversity Animal Health Comp Med
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Summer (Alternate Years)
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No
  • Taught Wholly by Distance Learning: Yes

Short Description

Brief introduction to pathogen biology, disease transmission and epidemiology using specific examples drawn from the systems to be studied in subsequent field work (ie Southern Africa and Latin America). This is a foundation course to enable interpretation of subsequent ecosystem-specific information.


This is an online course delivered over 5 weeks at the start of the third online learning bock which runs from April to June.

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses





Written assignment  (70%)

Set exercise based on data analysis (30%)

Course Aims

This course aims to provide a foundation of knowledge on the processes that drive infectious disease in animal populations.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ Characterise the main classes of animal pathogens;

■ Critically apply basic epidemiological analytical methods to the investigation of disease outbreak scenarios;

■ Critically analyse strategies for the control of diseases in animal populations

■ Construct and evaluate disease control programmes for specific scenarios.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.