ZOOL529 Evolutionary Parasitology

Updated: 27 September 2019
Credit Points 6
Location Teaching Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 1 Online
Armidale Trimester 1 On Campus
Intensive School(s)

Intensive schools are for students enrolled in Online Mode only, unless specified in the notes.

Start Finish Attendance Notes
17 April 2020 20 April 2020 Mandatory None
Supervised Exam There is a supervised exam at the end of the teaching period in which you are enrolled. The paper-based exam will be held at an established exam venue, and coordinated by UNE Exams Unit.
Pre-requisites candidature in a postgraduate award
Co-requisites None
Restrictions ZOOL321 or ZOOL329

The School of Environmental and Rural Science considers all practical/laboratory/tutorial activities as essential to student learning. Attendance and participation in all practical/laboratory/tutorial classes (sessions) is mandatory - exemptions will not be granted without supporting evidence.

Combined Units ZOOL329 - Evolutionary Parasitology
Coordinator(s) Tommy Leung (tleung6@une.edu.au)
Unit Description

Parasitism is a ubiquitous aspect of life on this planet. Parasites are highly-evolved organisms that can have significant effects on the evolutionary and ecosystem process of their hosts. Infectious diseases are also of significant public health and economic concerns in all forms of food production. The aim of this unit is to provide a comprehensive understanding of concepts in parasitism (life-cycle, infection, transmission, host interaction, co-evolution) which apply to all form of pathogens. Note that this unit will involve doing animal dissection during mandatory practical classes.

Important Information

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Further information

Materials Textbook information will be displayed approximately 8 weeks prior to the commencement of the teaching period. Please note that textbook requirements may vary from one teaching period to the next.
Disclaimer Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Assessment Assessment information will be published prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. apply the general scientific concepts of parasitism to generate new hypothesis in parasitology;
  2. recognise adaptations associated with parasitism; this will demonstrate the ability to critically analyse, reflect on and synthesise complex information, problems, concepts and theories;
  3. demonstrate an advanced understanding of the host-parasite interactions;
  4. demonstrate an advanced understanding of coevolutionary dynamics;
  5. design and carry out experiments which investigate the presence and life history of parasites in the environment; this will demonstrate the ability to carry out research, work autonomouosly and use expert judgement; and
  6. critically evaluate the scientific literature and research relating to the field of parasitology; interpret and transfer this information to specialist and non-specialist audiences.