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Course descriptions

Laboratory Animal Science
Academic year:2009-2010
Course code module2MBMW-V-0011
Semester:1st semester
Study load (hours)336
Theory (hours):60,00
Other (hours):24,00
Part-time program:1
Instructor(s)Peter De Deyn
Christa Van Ginneken
Language of instruction:English
Semester exam information:exam in the 1st semester
Contract restriction information:exam contract not possible

1. Prerequisites
*Algemene competenties
A bachelors' degree in one of the life sciences.
Students with differing degree should contact the course organization in order to obtain an alternative program.

The course is open to foreign students which can take the course as a separate module or as part of emmi (european master in molecular imaging). Funding of these students can be provided (an intensive programme is granted by eu). 


Bachelor diploma is required

2. Objectives (expected learning outcomes)
The course aims at teaching the students how to make optimal and scientifically founded use of animals in biomedical research and how this kind of research is conducted in accordance with Belgian and European legislation. The necessary practical skills will be taught. In addition and overview of various kinds of animal models and alternatives will be given and some of them will be discussed in detail. 

3. Course content
This course covers the various topics that are mentioned in the KB 13/09/2004 and which are necessary to obtain a certificate that is comparable with a felasa C degree. In short, various lectures address more general topics such as history of animal experimentation and legislation, ethics, law, other deal with vary 'practical' subjects such as nutrition, housing, anaesthesia, ... . In the last partim the definition, validity, use and restrictions of various animal models will be addressed. Representative models for (toxicologic, cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, oncologic etc) human diseases will be discussed. During the practical sessions, the students learn how to handle various lab animals and learn how the perform simple experimental techniques. When possible, alternative methods will be used. 

4. Teaching method
Direct contact:
  • Lectures
  • Exercise sessions
  • Seminars (possible question and answer sessions)
  • Tutorials
  • Practical sessions
  • Skills training

  • Personal work:
  • Case studies - in group
  • Paper - in group
  • Excursion(s)
  • Project-based work - in group

  • 5. Assessment method
  • Written, without oral presentation
  • Closed book
  • Open questions

  • Continuous assessment:
  • Exercises
  • Case studies

  • Presentation

    6. Compulsory reading – study material
    - handouts

    7. Recommended reading - study material

    - P.P. De Deyn et al. eds., 'The ethics of animal and human experimentation', J. Libbey Publishers, London 1994
    - L.F.M. van Zutphen, V. Baumans, A.C. Beynen, 'Proefdieren en dierproeven', Elsevier/Bunge, Maarssen, 1998
    - J Hau & G.L. Van Hoosier Jr, ‘Handbook of Laboratory Animal Science – volume 1: Essential Principles and Practices’ 2 editie, CRC Press, 2003: 0-8493-1086-5
    - J Hau & G.L. Van Hoosier Jr, ‘Handbook of Laboratory Animal Science – volume 2: Animal models’ 2 editie, CRC Press, 2003: 0-8493-1084-9
    - J Hau & G.L. Van Hoosier Jr, ‘Handbook of Laboratory Animal Science – volume 3: Animal models’ 2editie, CRC Press, 2003: 0-8493-1893-9
    - Gispen W.H. ‘Neuroscience Research Communications – special issue: Animal models of Neurologic and Psychiatric Disorders’, volume 26, mei/juni 2000, nummer 3. 

    8. Tutoring

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