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ACE2031 : Animal Parasitology

  • Offered for Year: 2021/22
  • 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, including learning how parasites affect the health of animals, how they are diagnosed, how they are transmitted.

Outline Of Syllabus

Lecture 1. Introduction to general parasitology
Lecture 2. Protozoa (1)
Lecture 3. Cestodes
Lecture 4. Trematodes
Lecture 5. Ecto-parasites (1)
Lecture 6. Nematodes
Lecture 7. Ectoparasites (2)
Lecture 8 Protozoa (2)
Lecture 9. Host-parasite interactions
Lecture 10. Microsporidia
Lecture 11. Parasite control and prevention
Lecture 12. Seminar
Lecture 13. Revision lecture

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture131:0013:00Non-synchronous.
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion110:0010:00preparation for outbreak investigation
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion116:0016:00preparation for and completion of exam
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion110:0010:00Preparation for lab reports
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical14:004:00Diagnostic test practical. Approx 25 per session. PIP.
Guided Independent StudySkills practice110:0010:00Outbreak investigation activity and report writing
Structured Guided LearningStructured non-synchronous discussion42:008:00Online discussions on specific topics
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery21:002:00Groups of 5.
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study126:0026:00Lecture follow up, compilation of notes, further reading
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk11:001:00Introduction to module
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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written exercise2A50Lab report and essay
Written exercise2A50Alternative Assessment.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

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