VET SC 3515RW - Veterinary Parasitology

Roseworthy Campus - Semester 2 - 2015

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.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    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 Y
    Incompatible VET SC 3513RW
    Assumed Knowledge VET SC 3512RW
    Restrictions Available to B.Sc (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 Staff

    Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Ryan O'Handley

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    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
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1,2,3,4,
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 1
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 1,4
    Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 1,2
    A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 1,2,3,4
    A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 1,2,3
    A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 1,2
    An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 1,4
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Internal:  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 Summary
    Introduction to Parasitology
    Companion animal parasite control
    Aquaculture Parasites
    Wildlife parasites

    Introduction to diagnostics (Dx)
    Companion animal Dx
    Large animal Dx
    Faecal egg count / Larval culture
    Sedimentation and Other Tests
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment Task Task Type Due Weighting HURDLE Learning Outcome
    Mid Semester Quizzes Formative

    20% No 1,4
    Final Exam Summative 50% Yes 1,4
    Practical core competencies log book Formative

    30% Yes 2,3
    Assessment Related Requirements
    HURDLES: 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.  Attain an overall minimum of 45% for the course to be eligible for consideration for additional assessment, which will be an additional exam.

    3.  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 Detail
    Mid semester quizzes (20% of the final grade):  2 quizzes (10% each) will be given to students following the protozoa and helminth sections of the course respectively.  These quizzes will assess students for the material in these major sections and allow for feedback to students regarding their progress and level of understanding. 

    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.

    Practical core competencies log book (30% 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 12 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 30% 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 30.
    Late Submission

    If an extension is not applied for, or not granted then a penalty for late submission will apply. A mark of zero will be allocated to late submitted assessment.
    Course Grading

    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

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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