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Undergraduate Course: Parasitic Diseases of Veterinary and Public Health Importance (ZLGY10031)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Biological Sciences CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThis course will focus on the prevention and control of various parasitic diseases of importance in veterinary and public health and will cover topics including epidemiology, diagnosis, eradication, drug therapy, vaccination and primary healthcare programmes in both UK and internationally. Pathogens discussed include examples of waterborne and zoonotic infections, e.g. cryptosporidiosis, giardiasis, toxoplasmosis, echinococcosis, trypanosomiasis, scabies and toxocara. The course is taught by different external experts with experience in both veterinary and public health.
Course description The course aims to introduce the students to the more applied areas of research, impact and policy development relevant to the control and prevention of several different parasitic diseases of importance in both veterinary and public health. Several different parasitic diseases are discussed within the course and the guest lecturers involved in teaching the course have experience of working in veterinary and public health and cover aspects of epidemiology, parasite biology, disease impact, diagnostics, vaccination, therapeutics along with policy development and setting up disease prevention programmes nationally and internationally. The main emphasis on the course is to use knowledge of parasite epidemiology and biology to look at practical methods of intervention and how new research and innovation may help contribute towards this.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites It is RECOMMENDED that students have passed Parasite Biology 3 (BILG09003) OR Animal Diversity and Evolution 3 (BILG09019)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Please do not enrol a student on this course without prior permission from the School of Biological Sciences. Please contact the Course Administrator in the first instance.
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2022/23, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  0
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 22, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 3, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 73 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 100 %, Coursework 0 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Exam (100%).
Feedback Marks and written feedback.
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S1 (December)2:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Understand the impact of key parasitic diseases of importance in veterinary and public health.
  2. Understand current methods used in the prevention and control of key parasitic diseases.
  3. Understand the application and limitations of diagnostics, vaccination and therapeutics in controlling parasitic disease.
  4. Have an understanding of the knowledge gaps in disease control and how healthcare programmes are developed and managed.
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Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Ability to search and interrogate literature
Ability to prepare a briefing paper on a subject
Ability to develop and put together a short presentation
Ability to debate and discuss a topic within the class
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserProf Elizabeth Innes
Course secretaryMiss Rachel Law
Tel: (0131 6)51 3689
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