ASC405 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. In this subject an in-depth examination is undertaken of  the 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. In addition, an in-depth examination will be undertaken of those parasitic diseases capable of being transmitted to humans.

Subject availability
* 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. 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
Enrolment restrictions

This subject is for students in an approved postgraduate course.

Subject Relationships
Incompatable 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 and biosecurity
  • be able to explain in detail the lifecycle of common parasites and identify factors that may affect, either adversely or positively, the various stages of the lifecycle of each of the parasites
  • be able to discuss the identification, diagnosis, treatment, control and prevention of common parasitic diseases
  • be able to demonstrate a detailed understanding of the concepts of managing herd health
  • This subject is clearly differentiated from the paired subject, ASC305, in that the learning objectives and assessment clearly reflect the higher level offering appropriate to Master level learning.
The subject will cover the following topics:
  1. Introduction to parasites, parasitism and parasitological diseases
  2. Taxonomy, life cycle and diseases caused by:
  •  Arthropods (insects, ticks, mites)
  • Protozoans
  • Helminths
  • Trematodes, Cestodes and nematodes
  • Acanthocephalans

3. Parasite prevention, control and management including chemotherapy

4. Zoonosis and public health

Residential School
This subject contains a 3 day Compulsory Residential School.

Hands on activities and laboratory work.

Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure you will need to contact your Course Director. You can find the name and contact details for your Course Director in your offer letter or contact your School office.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 334 733 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2017 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: June 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.