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Semester 1 - Dual-Delivery
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This subject introduces students to the study of parasitic infectious agents as causes of disease in animals. It includes the important features and life cycle considerations of common and important ectoparasites and strongyloid nematodes, the host-parasite interaction and the pathogenesis of disease, disease transmission and epidemiology, methods of diagnosis of parasitic disease as well as prevention, control and treatment.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject, students should be able to:
- Outline the broad groups of parasites that are common and important determinants of animal health, public health, production and welfare of domestic animals in Australia and internationally
- Identify clinical signs of common and important ectoparasitic and strongyloid nematode infections, and diagnose these parasites in host tissues using classical parasitological methods and molecular techniques
- Design adaptive, integrated parasite control programs for ectoparasitic and strongyloid nematode infections in domestic animals, taking into account parasitic life cycles, climate, ecology, epidemiology and chemical resistance against parasites
- Identify clinical signs, transmission potential and pathogens (ectoparasitic and strongyloid nematodes) associated with zoonotic and reportable diseases, and advise on appropriate reporting response and/or diagnosis, prevention and control
On completion of this subject, students should:
- Have a broad knowledge of science across a range of fields, with an in-depth understanding in one scientific discipline
- Understand the scientific method, and the history and evolution of scientific concepts
- Be intellectually curious and apply a rigorous, critical and logical approach to enquiry
- Be able to communicate ideas effectively in both written and verbal formats to both specialists and non-specialists
- Reach a high level of achievement in writing, generic research activities, problem-solving and communication
- Be efficient managers of information
- Be able to apply technology to the analysis of biological problems.
Last updated: 15 February 2021