ZOOL529 Evolutionary Parasitology

Updated: 24 October 2018
Credit Points 6
Offering
Responsible Campus 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
27 April 2019 30 April 2019 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
Notes

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

Where calculators are permitted in examinations, it must be selected from an approved list, which can be accessed from the Further Information link below.

Further information

Prescribed Material
Mandatory

Text(s):

Note: Students are expected to purchase prescribed material. Please note that textbook requirements may vary from one teaching period to the next.

Parasitology: A Conceptual Approach

ISBN: 9780815344735
Loker, E.S. and Hofkin, B.V., Garland Science 1st ed. 2015

Text refers to: Trimester 1, On Campus and Online

Recommended Material
Optional

Text(s):

Note: Recommended material is held in the University Library - purchase is optional

Evolutionary Ecology of Parasites

ISBN: 9780691120850
Poulin, R., Princeton University Press 2nd ed. 2006

Text refers to: Trimester 1, On Campus and Online

Disclaimer Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Assessment
Must
Complete
Title Exam Length Weight Mode No. Words
Compulsory Assignment 1 10% 600
Assessment Notes

Summarise a research paper and give a short presentation.

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-4

Compulsory Essay 15% 1800
Assessment Notes

Essay on a current topic in parasitology.

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-4

Compulsory Practical 0%
Assessment Notes

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.

Compulsory Practical Manual 10%
Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-5

Compulsory Project Report 25% 2500
Assessment Notes

Final project report and give a presentation.

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 2-6

Compulsory Final Examination 2 hrs 15 mins 40%
Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-6


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.