Module Catalogue 2016/17

ACE2031 : Animal Parasitology

  • Offered for Year: 2016/17
  • Module Leader(s): Prof. Ilias Kyriazakis
  • Other Staff: Prof. Angharad MR Gatehouse
  • Owning School: Agriculture, Food & Rural Development
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0
Pre Requisites
Pre Requisite Comment


Co Requisites
Co Requisite Comment



To provide an introduction to the diversity within the parasite world,the main taxonomic families (protozoa, arthropods, worms)and the methods for the control of ecto and endoparasites. Some aspects will be seen through lectures but also through laboratory practical exercises to demonstrate link host-parasite interactions.

Outline Of Syllabus

Lecture 1. Introduction to general parasitology
Lecture 2. Protozoa 1
Lecture 3. Protozoa 2
Lecture 4. Trematodes
Lecture 5. Cestodes
Lecture 6. Nematodes
Lecture 7. Ectoparasites 1
Lecture 8. Ectoparasites 2
Lecture 9. Molecular identification of parasites
Lecture 10. Parasitoids
Lecture 11. Parasitology in aquatic systems 1 (GWB)
Lecture 12. Parasitology in aquatic systems 2 (GWB)
Lecture 13. Revision (OS+NF+GWB)

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

After successful completion of the module the students will be able to:
- understand the general characteristics presented by parasite organisms and the specificities from some specific parasite groups
- understand the mechanisms presented by the hosts to block parasite infections and those presented by the parasites to counter-react against the host‘s immune system
- have a very good understanding of the host - parasite interaction
- understand the different methods used for the control of ecto and endo-parasites.

Intended Skill Outcomes

After succesful completion of this module a student will be able to:
(1) recognise the different parasite classes
(2) be familiar with the general diagnostic tests used in parasitology
(3) quantify the effects of parasites on their hosts and form an opinion about the methods used to control parasites and their consequences
(4) develop his/her written communication skills trhough essay and reprt writting within the continuous assessment programme
(5) develop his/her oral communication skills through oral presentations

Graduate Skills Framework

Graduate Skills Framework Applicable: Yes
  • Cognitive/Intellectual Skills
    • Critical Thinking : Assessed
    • Data Synthesis : Present
    • Active Learning : Assessed
    • Literacy : Assessed
    • Information Literacy
      • Source Materials : Present
      • Synthesise And Present Materials : Assessed
      • Use Of Computer Applications : Present
  • Self Management
    • Planning and Organisation
      • Goal Setting And Action Planning : Present
      • Decision Making : Present
    • Personal Enterprise
      • Innovation And Creativity : Assessed
      • Initiative : Present
      • Independence : Present
      • Problem Solving : Present
      • Adaptability : Present
  • Interaction
    • Communication
      • Oral : Assessed
      • Interpersonal : Present
      • Written Other : Assessed
    • Team Working
      • Collaboration : Present
      • Relationship Building : Present
  • Application
    • Occupational Awareness : Present

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture131:0013:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion110:0010:00Preparation for lab reports
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion110:0010:00Preparation for essays
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion18:008:00Revision for and completion of Semester 2 examination
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical24:008:00Diagnostic tests
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching33:009:00Focused groups assessing particular problems
Guided Independent StudyStudent-led group activity32:006:00Preparation for small group activities
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study116:0016:00Compliation of notes and follow up after laboratory practical
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study120:0020:00Lecture follow up, compilation of notes, further reading
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures and small group teaching allows the development of a substantial knowledge base which is consolidated by the practical classes. Laboratory practicals allow training on practical issues of parasitology

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination902A503 questions from 5 to be attempted
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written exercise2A25Lab report 1 and essay
Written exercise2A25Lab report 2 and essay
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The final exam will test the understanding of the covered lectures, including an essay-type answer. The laboratory practicals will assess their initiative, team skills and comprehension of the practical.
The essay associated with the laboratory practicals will develop written skills and initiative.
This module will also assess their writing and oral skills.


Past Exam Papers

General Notes


Disclaimer: The information contained within the Module Catalogue relates to the 2016/17 academic year. In accordance with University Terms and Conditions, the University makes all reasonable efforts to deliver the modules as described. Modules may be amended on an annual basis to take account of changing staff expertise, developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback. Module information for the 2017/18 entry will be published here in early-April 2017. Queries about information in the Module Catalogue should in the first instance be addressed to your School Office.