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NES2005 : Animal Parasitology

  • Offered for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Mark Booth
  • Lecturer: Professor Robert Hirt, Dr Dave George
  • Owning School: Natural and Environmental Sciences
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0
European Credit Transfer System


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
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion110:0010:00Preparation for lab report
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion116:0016:00preparation for and completion of lab practical and essay
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture131:0013:00Present in Person (PiP)
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical14:004:00Diagnostic test practical. Approx 25 per session. PIP.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching21:002:00Outbreak Presentation
Guided Independent StudySkills practice110:0010:00preparation for outbreak presentation
Guided Independent StudySkills practice110:0010:00Farm visit and presentation preparation
Structured Guided LearningStructured non-synchronous discussion11:001:00Preparation for Seminar
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study133:0033:00Lecture 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 exercise2A100Essay (100%)
Formative Assessments

Formative Assessment is an assessment which develops your skills in being assessed, allows for you to receive feedback, and prepares you for being assessed. However, it does not count to your final mark.

Description Semester When Set Comment
Oral Presentation2MSmall group workshop presentation at an NCL Farm.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The formative presentation will allow the students to develop their collaborative, presentation, synthesis and and discursive skills around a topic associated with the course content. The essay will assess their knowledge of the course content, their ability to synthesise externally-sourced information, structuring a narrative, remaining within scope of a topic, referencing, writing coherence.

There is a practical session in the teaching activities. This will be combined with the planned farm visit and link to the formative presentation

Reading Lists