ASC305 Parasitology (8)

Parasitic diseases of animals continue to be of major economic importance to the grazing livestock industries in Australia, while in developing countries they remain a significant cause of suffering and death. This subject will examine common parasites, their life cycle and associated disease processes in livestock, horses, companion animals, aquatic animals and Australian native fauna. The management and control of parasitic diseases will be studied in individual animals and in herds. Parasitic diseases capable of being transmitted to humans will also be studied in detail.


* Offering has a residential school. Please view following information for further details.

Session 2 (60)
On Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus
Online *
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: ASC305. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences

Subject Relationships

ASC405 Paired Subject

Incompatible Subjects


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • Be able to list a range of parasitic diseases and the parasites that lead to them that are of economic importance or of significance to public health
  • Be able to explain the lifecycle of common parasites
  • Be able to discuss the prevention, identification, diagnosis, treatment and control of common parasitic diseases
  • Be able to demonstrate understanding of the concept of managing herd health


This subject will cover the following topics:

Introduction to parasites, parasitism and parasitological diseases
Taxonomy, life cycle and diseases caused by:
- Arthropods (insects, ticks, mites)
- Protozoans
- Helminths
- Trematodes, Cestodes and nematodes
- Acanthocephalans
- Parasite prevention, control and management including chemotherapy
- Zoonosis and public health

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of ASC305 in Session 2 2019. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Revision test
Life cycle posters
Final exam

Residential School

This subject contains a 3 day Compulsory Residential School.

Hands on activities and laboratory work.

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: February 2020. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.