VET SC 3515RW - Veterinary Parasitology
Roseworthy Campus - Semester 2 - 2024
General Course Information
Course Code VET SC 3515RW Course Veterinary Parasitology Coordinating Unit School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences Term Semester 2 Level Undergraduate Location/s Roseworthy Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 6 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N Incompatible VET SC 3513RW, ANIML SC 3515RW Assumed Knowledge VET SC 3512RW Restrictions Available to BSc (Veterinary Bioscience) students only Course Description This course will cover the scientific discipline of veterinary parasitology and the relationship between parasites and disease at the tissue and animal level in various animal hosts and body systems. The course will provide students with the theoretical and practical skills required in veterinary parasitology, including the diagnosis, control and treatment of common parasite diseases, including zoonoses.
Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Ryan O'Handley
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes
1 Knowledge of the terminology, basic principles and application of veterinary parasitology 2 Competency in the core components of diagnostic parasitology 3 Competency in practical laboratory skills 4 Knowledge and application of parasite control and treatment methodologies
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This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth
Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.
Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving
Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.
Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills
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Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness
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Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency
Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.
Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesInternal: 3 lectures and 3 hours of practical will be given each week.
External: Students will receive comprehensive lecture notes in veterinary parasitology and readings on specific topics from parasitology journals.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.A student enrolled in a 3 unit course, such as this, should expect to spend, on average 12 hours per week on the studies required. This includes both the formal contact time required to the course (e.g., lectures and practicals), as well as non-contact time (e.g., reading and revision).
Learning Activities SummaryLectures
Introduction to Parasitology
Companion animal parasite control
Introduction to diagnostics (Dx)
Companion animal Dx
Large animal Dx
Faecal egg count / Larval culture
Sedimentation and Other Tests
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Assessment Task Task Type Weighting HURDLE Learning Outcome Practical core competencies log book Formative
10% Yes 2,3 Mid Semester Quizzes Summative 20% No 1,4 Creative Work in Parasitology Summative 20% No 1,2,3,4 Final Exam Summative 50% Yes 1,4
Assessment Related RequirementsHURDLES: To pass this course students must
1. Attain a minimum of 50% in the Final Exam
· Students that do not attain this hurdle may be provided with an additional piece of assessment.
2. Complete all components of the practical core competencies log book
· Students that do not complete all components will be required to sit a practical examination consisting of the failed competencies and must pass all.
Assessment DetailPractical core competencies log book (10% of the final grade): During the practical session, students will be evaluated individually on their competency in the core components of diagnostic parasitology. For example, students must be able to identify specific parasites in faecal samples, with an explanation of how they know it is a particular species. Students will keep a log book detailing the core competencies and will be signed by the instructor once the student is competent in the core component. Students must pass all core competencies within the practical sessions. Each competency is marked on a Pass/Fail basis only – students are able to repeat competencies without penalty in practical classes until they achieve a Pass grade. If a student has all competencies signed off by the end of the last practical, they will achieve the full 10% for the component. Students that do not pass all competencies will then sit a practical exam which is based around the core competencies that were not obtained in the practical sessions to attain the final mark of 10.
Mid Term Written Exam (20% of the final grade): A 1 hour exam will be given during week 5 of the course . The exam will assess students for the material learned in weeks 1-4 and provide feedback to students regarding their progress and level of understanding.
Creative Work in Parasitology (20% of the final grade): Students will create a work that deals with a specific topic in parasitology. This can be a written work, work of art, short film, song (anything creative) on a parasitic disease or concept. This work is due in week 9.
End of semester final exam (50% of the final grade): At the end of semester, a comprehensive final exam will be given. This exam will be 3 hours in length and consist of multiple choice, short answer and long answer type questions. It will assess all aspects of veterinary parasitology taught in the course.
Late submission for the Creative Work will incur a 10% reduction per day.
Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:
M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme) Grade Mark Description FNS Fail No Submission F 1-49 Fail P 50-64 Pass C 65-74 Credit D 75-84 Distinction HD 85-100 High Distinction CN Continuing NFE No Formal Examination RP Result Pending
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