Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Hot Topics in Parasite Control
Academic Year
Semester 2
Other Staff

Course Delivery



Due to Covid-19 students should refer to the module Blackboard pages for assessment details

Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Scoping Report  2,000 words maximum  30%
Semester Assessment Abstract Portfolio  2,500 words maximum  40%
Semester Assessment Individual oral presentation  15 minutes  30%
Supplementary Assessment Students must take elements of assessment equivalent to those that led to failure of the module  100%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

1. Compare the differing methods of disease control to provide a greater understanding of how parasitic diseases can be controlled.

2. Critically assess the importance of novel techniques in the development of control methods for parasitic diseases.

3. Develop a coherent research strategy to advance knowledge leading to better control methods for a specific veterinary or human parasitic disease.

Brief description

This module is designed to give students an advanced understanding of the current theories, techniques and underpinning biological research related to parasitic disease control. This will be research-led teaching providing insight into the future of veterinary and human parasite detection, prevention and elimination. Covering a range of globally important parasites studied at Aberystwyth University, this module will offer students the chance to develop practical and analytical skills relevant to a future career in parasitology.


This module focuses on the key global challenges in tackling protozoal, helminth and ectoparasitic diseases. This is a brief outline of module content, however, content may vary based on advancements in field.

The module will contain a series of introductory lectures covering the theory and application of major parasitic control methods. Tutorials throughout the modules based on IBERS research areas will strengthen this understanding providing specific examples of current advances in the field. These will cover areas such as drug development, vaccine development, diagnostic tools, preventative strategies and epidemiological techniques. Practical classes will also allow students to gain specific relevant skills in parasite control research techniques. Coursework will develop the students’ ability to communicate parasitology research in a variety of manners appropriate for paper writing, grant writing and conference presentations.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number Practical classes will involve the collection and analysis of data through a variety of techniques. Analysis will be assessed in the associated coursework and feedback on this aspect will be given.
Communication Students will develop effective written communication skills in the coursework, where these will be assessed. Feedback for this coursework will be given. Students will develop oral communication skills as part of the seminars. Feedback on this will be given in the seminars.
Improving own Learning and Performance Outside the formal contact hours, students will be expected to research materials, manage time and meet deadlines for the coursework. Feedback on this will be given for the coursework.
Information Technology Accessing the web for reliable information sources and using databases to find literature in preparation for coursework. Presentation of coursework will be assessed, which should be prepared on a computer and feedback on this aspect will be given.
Personal Development and Career planning Students will be encouraged to consider different careers/employers within the industries. This aspect is not assessed.
Problem solving Practical classes and seminar will involve problem solving. These will be assessed in associated coursework. Feedback on this will be given for the coursework.
Research skills The coursework will require students to research topics beyond the depth and scope of the lecture material. Information from a variety of sources will be used. Research skills will be assessed in both the examination and coursework. Feedback on this will be given for the coursework.
Subject Specific Skills During the module, students will gain knowledge of specific terminology relating to the area.
Team work No content relating to this aspect.


This module is at CQFW Level 7