VET303 Population Medicine
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Showing course contents for the educational year 2019 - 2020 .
Course responsible: Rolf Bjerke Larssen, Ingrid Olsaker
Teachers: Georg Kapperud, Eystein Skjerve
ECTS credits: 9
Faculty: Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
Teaching language: NO
Teaching exam periods:
This course is taught during 6 weeks in February/March, and evaluation is finalized within 15 working days after the exam.
Course frequency: Yearly
First time: 2015V
Last time: 2021V
Statistics with epidemiology
- Probability distributions and clinical reference values
- Estimation and confidence intervals
- Hypothesis testing about mean values, and about independence between variables.
- Correlation and regression
- Measures of disease and health in populations
- Diagnostic tests
- Measures of importance of a causal factor for health in populations
- Validity and systematic errors
- Generic animal breeding
- Special animal breeding for cattle, swine, fish, sheep, goat, dog and horses
The block forms the basis so that the student after completing the course will master the following «Day one skills» by EAEVE: 1.10, 2.2, 2.3
After completion of the courses, the students should:
- Have an understanding of health and production at the population level, including knowing how scientific methods are used to obtain information about a population, and knowing how one with breeding-related measures can improve properties that are related to health, reproduction and production in our domestic animal populations.
- Be able to use basic statistical methods for description and analysis of data.
- Have an understanding of how systematic errors, random errors and incorrect presentation may provide misleading information about the condition of the population.
- Be able to use basic epidemiological methods for measurement of health and disease, for evaluation of the association between factor and disease, and for interpreting results of diagnostic tests.
- Understand and be able to explain the reasons for, and importance of, genetic variation at the population level.
- Understand and be able to explain how breeding activities, ie. selection and mating, can affect favorably the health and other characteristics that are related to the production and reproduction of our domestic animals.
- Know the breeding objectives and how the practical breeding work is organized in Norway today for animal species like cattle, swine, salmon, sheep, goat, dog and horse, as well as provide examples of genetic progresses achieved among all these species.
The teaching extends over six weeks.
Specimens of each teaching day (except special animal breeding) are:Introduction to the material through lectures.Adaption/understanding of the material through individual reading + exercise solving.Discussions in study groups of topics/questions that are experienced as difficult/unclear. The teacher will be present during the study groups.
The teacher is available during work hours during the course.
Videos of current lectures are all available on the learning platform Canvas. (Only in Statistics with epidemiology.)
Recommended literature and detailed description of the course are found at the block's home area on Canvas.
Several of the topics in statistics are familiar from high school. A repetition of this material will be very useful as a basis for teaching.
For animal breeding is knowledge of general genetics and statistics favorable
Assignment as the contribution to the Validitycontest.
5 hour written final exam
Population medicine consist of two separate partial exams that both must be passed in order to pass the course. These are liquidated on the same day with a 5 hour exam. Students must have at least 50% correct answers on each section to get a pass in the course. The two parts are assessed independently. The student may appeal the grading of each part separately.
Examination support material: Private calculator and distributed formulas.
Grading scale: Pass/Fail
Students who fail in one or both of these parts will re-sit the two parts of the exam on the same day before the start of studies in August. The length of the exam in such cases will be as specified below.
Partial examination: Statistics of Epidemiology
If the student just takes partial examinations of population medicine: 4 hours.
Partial examination: Breeding Priciples
If the student just takes partial examinations of population medicine: 2 hours.
9 ECTC score points during the 6-week period. I.e. 45 hours per week.
Admitted to the Veterinary Medicine Program
Reduction of credits:
Calculator with basic statistical functions.
Student evaluation: The person responsible of the block convenes a meeting about 3,5 weeks after the exam.
Quality assurance according to rules for making written exams
Allowed examination aids: C1 Alle typer kalkulatorer, spesifiserte andre hjelpemidler
Examination details: Two Written Exams: Passed / Failed