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ACE2031 : Animal Parasitology

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Mark Booth
  • Owning School: Natural and Environmental Sciences
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


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 and insect parasites
Lecture 11. Parasitology in aquatic systems 1 (GWB)
Lecture 12. Parasitology in aquatic systems 2 (GWB)
Lecture 13. Revision (OS+NF+GWB)

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
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 ActivitiesLecture131:0013:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical14:004:00Diagnostic 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 study116:0016:00Compilation of notes and follow up after laboratory practical
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study124:0024:00Lecture 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

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 exercise2A50Lab report and essay
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

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

Reading Lists