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Module

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
Semesters
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0

Aims

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

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

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
Total100:00
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

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

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

Exams
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

Timetable