Module code: MMVM010

Module provider

School of Veterinary Medicine

Module Leader

HORTON DL Dr (Vet Med)

Number of Credits


ECT Credits



FHEQ Level 7

JACs code


Module cap (Maximum number of students)


Module Availability

Semester 2

Overall student workload

Lecture Hours: 29

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Oral exam or presentation ORAL PRESENTATION 40

Alternative Assessment


Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module overview

Diseases of the CNS and integument are some of the most significant diseases of animals and include some important zoonoses. The module will also include material on diseases of fish, where skin disorders can cause significant morbidity and production losses and diseases of apiculture, which have important ecological and economic impacts.

Module aims

To provide an in-depth understanding of infectious diseases of the CNS and Skin of animals.

To provide an in-depth understanding of the mechanisms of pathogenesis unique to the CNS, skin and surface in general and special reference to control measures.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
Demonstrate a detailed understanding of the main infectious agents of the CNS and surfaces of animals and their mechanisms of pathogenesis. K
Demonstrate a detailed understanding of the CNS (and other ‘protected' niches e.g. eye) and the skin as a niche and the impact of health status on infection. K
Discuss how infectious agents are adapted to CNS and skin and cause the pathology that is induced. C
Evaluate methods of disease transmission also with reference to humans (zoonoses). C
Consider the role and limitations of diagnostics and reference laboratory activity in the description and control of CNS and skin system related diseases. C
Evaluate options, mechanisms and biological limitations for the control of infectious agents in this niche. C

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content

Indicative content includes:

·         Introduction/Skin as a system and barrier to disease/Functional neuroanatomy

·         CNS and skin post mortem practical

·         The Spongiform Encephalopathies

·         CNS diseases: parasites

·         Bee Infectious diseases  

·         Fish diseases

·         Bacterial meningoencephalitis 

·         Viral CNS diseases I- Lyssaviruses, Flaviruses, Paramyxoviruses

·         Skin Ectoparastites: Lice, Flees, Mites and Flystrike

·         Viral CNS Diseases II :The Encephalomyeleviruses, Alphaviruses

-         Bacterial skin infections:  Staphylococcal, Actinomyces

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

Develop Cognitive Skills:

  Evaluate considerations relating pathogen and niche

  Evaluate considerations relating to diagnosis and control

Develop Key / Transferable skills

 Work independently demonstrating initiative, self-organisation and time management

 Communicate effectively orally and in written work

 Participate in group discussions and on group assignments

       Investigate and analyse problems

The learning and teaching methods include:

·         Lectures from University staff

·         Lectures from external experts

·         Group discussions

-         Practicals 

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate in addition to cognitive and transferable skills, also the ability to summarise the impact of research for a non-specialist audience.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

·         Coursework: Oral Presentation (40%). Each student is assigned a recent peer reviewed paper on a relevant topic, and summarises the paper for a non-specialist audience.

·         Examination: 120 minutes short essay questions (60%).

Formative assessment

In-lecture quizzes

Direct formative assessment of knowledge by tutors during practicals.


Immediate individual formative feedback on marks on in lecture quizzes and in practicals regularly through module.

Reading list

Reading list for DISEASES OF ANIMAL SYSTEMS: CNS/SKIN DISEASE OF ANIMALS : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/mmvm010

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Veterinary Microbiology MSc 2 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2017/8 academic year.