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Session: 2022/23

Last modified: 30/11/2022 14:28:31

Title of Module: Entomology & Parasitology

Code: BIOL09013 SCQF Level: 9
(Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework)
Credit Points: 20 ECTS: 10
(European Credit Transfer Scheme)
School:School of Health and Life Sciences
Module Co-ordinator:Richard  Thacker

Summary of Module

This module is concerned with interactions between invertebrate species and mankind. The specific emphasis in the module is on species that are inimical to mankind as crop pests, vectors of disease and/or species that cause disease in their own right. The module is split equally between considerations of entomology and parasitology. Entomological studies begin with a review of insect biodiversity and then look in detail at insect feeding, insect growth and development and insect ecological characteristics. Human attempts to manage or control insect pest species are then considered including chemical control, biological control and genetic methods. The focus in parasitology is on diseases caused by bacteria, protozoa, trematodes and cestodes. Biological characteristics of parasites and clinical diagnosis of disease are considered along with approaches to the treatment of disease. The module is taught using a blend of lectures, tutorials and laboratory practical experiments. The module specifically develops the UWS graduate attributes that are associated with critical thinking, analysis, and becoming research minded.

  • Develop a knowledge of the diversity of insect species.

  • Understand the different approaches to managing pest species.

  • Develop a knowledge of major diseases caused by parasites.

  • Understand the approaches to the treatment of parasitic diseases.

Module Delivery Method
Face-To-FaceBlendedFully OnlineHybridCHybridOWork-based Learning
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Term used to describe the traditional classroom environment where the students and the lecturer meet synchronously in the same room for the whole provision.

A mode of delivery of a module or a programme that involves online and face-to-face delivery of learning, teaching and assessment activities, student support and feedback. A programme may be considered “blended” if it includes a combination of face-to-face, online and blended modules. If an online programme has any compulsory face-to-face and campus elements it must be described as blended with clearly articulated delivery information to manage student expectations

Fully Online
Instruction that is solely delivered by web-based or internet-based technologies. This term is used to describe the previously used terms distance learning and e learning.

Online with mandatory face-to-face learning on Campus

Online with optional face-to-face learning on Campus

Work-based Learning
Learning activities where the main location for the learning experience is in the workplace.

Campus(es) for Module Delivery
The module will normally be offered on the following campuses / or by Distance/Online Learning: (Provided viable student numbers permit)
Paisley:Ayr:Dumfries:Lanarkshire:London:Distance/Online Learning:Other:




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Term(s) for Module Delivery
(Provided viable student numbers permit).
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Learning Outcomes: (maximum of 5 statements)

On successful completion of this module the student will be able to:

L1. Describe the range of insect biodiversity, insect growth and development, insect feeding and basic ecological characteristics of species using the r-K continuum.

L2. Identify and discuss the main interactions between insects and mankind and attempts to minimize their inimical impacts using various control methods (chemical, biological, genetic).

L3. Outline protozoan and helminth life cycles and how parasite metabolism adapts to survive in different hosts.

L4. Describe the interactions of protozoan and helminth organisms with mankind, particularly in relation to disease and in relation to clinical features associated with diseases caused by these organisms.

Employability Skills and Personal Development Planning (PDP) Skills
SCQF Headings During completion of this module, there will be an opportunity to achieve core skills in:
Knowledge and Understanding (K and U) SCQF Level 9.

Describe the interactions of protozoan and helminth organisms with mankind, particularly in relation to disease and in relation to clinical features associated with diseases caused by these organisms.

Practice: Applied Knowledge and Understanding SCQF Level 9.

Use and/or describe some of the techniques that are utilized to minimize the impacts of invertebrate species on mankind

Generic Cognitive skills SCQF Level 9.

Identify and analyse problems caused by invertebrates and describe basic approaches to the amelioration of these problems

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills SCQF Level 9.

Interpret and evaluate numerical data using basic statistical techniques and present the results of such evaluation in graphical and written reports

Autonomy, Accountability and Working with others SCQF Level 9.

Exercise autonomy and initiative and work with others when undertaking practical laboratory work associated with the identification and management of invertebrate pest species

Pre-requisites: Before undertaking this module the student should have undertaken the following:
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Learning and Teaching
Learning Activities
During completion of this module, the learning activities undertaken to achieve the module learning outcomes are stated below:
Student Learning Hours
(Normally totalling 200 hours):
(Note: Learning hours include both contact hours and hours spent on other learning activities)
Lecture/Core Content Delivery24
Tutorial/Synchronous Support Activity12
Laboratory/Practical Demonstration/Workshop12
Independent Study152
200 Hours Total

**Indicative Resources: (eg. Core text, journals, internet access)

The following materials form essential underpinning for the module content and ultimately for the learning outcomes:

Entomology & Pest Management (1998). Pedigo. Prentice Hall.

Insect Pest Management. (1999). Dent. CABI International.

An Introduction to Arthropod Pest Control (2002). Thacker. Cambridge University Press

(**N.B. Although reading lists should include current publications, students are advised (particularly for material marked with an asterisk*) to wait until the start of session for confirmation of the most up-to-date material)

Engagement Requirements

In line with the Academic Engagement Procedure, Students are defined as academically engaged if they are regularly engaged with timetabled teaching sessions, course-related learning resources including those in the Library and on the relevant learning platform, and complete assessments and submit these on time. Please refer to the Academic Engagement Procedure at the following link: Academic engagement procedure

Where a module has Professional, Statutory or Regulatory Body requirements these will be listed here:
Attendance at synchronous sessions (lectures, workshops, practical), completion of asynchronous activities, and submission of assessments to meet the learning outcomes of the module. This module has a practical element as part of the Royal Society of Biology accreditation which must be attended.

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Supplemental Information

Programme BoardBiological Sciences and Health
Assessment Results (Pass/Fail) No
Subject PanelBiology L7-11
ModeratorJames Turner
External ExaminerJ Spicer
Accreditation DetailsThis module is part of the BSc (Hons) Environmental Health with Professional Practice programme; accredited by The Royal Environmental Health Institute of Scotland. This module is part of the BSc (Hons) Applied Bioscience, BSc (Hons) Applied Bioscience with Forensic Investigation and BSc (Hons) Applied Bioscience and Zoology programmes; accredited by Royal Society of Biology (RSB)
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Assessment: (also refer to Assessment Outcomes Grids below)
2 in class examinations, each worth 30% of the final mark
coursework worth 40% of the final mark

Coursework will include laboratory and practical reports and, in-class short answer tests
(N.B. (i) Assessment Outcomes Grids for the module (one for each component) can be found below which clearly demonstrate how the learning outcomes of the module will be assessed.
(ii) An indicative schedule listing approximate times within the academic calendar when assessment is likely to feature will be provided within the Student Handbook.)

Assessment Outcome Grids (Footnote A.)

Component 1
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Learning Outcome (4) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
Class test (written)check markcheck markcheck markcheck mark602

Component 2
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Learning Outcome (4) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
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Combined Total For All Components100% 29 hours

A. Referred to within Assessment Section above
B. Identified in the Learning Outcome Section above

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  1. More than one assessment method can be used to assess individual learning outcomes.
  2. Schools are responsible for determining student contact hours. Please refer to University Policy on contact hours (extract contained within section 10 of the Module Descriptor guidance note).
    This will normally be variable across Schools, dependent on Programmes &/or Professional requirements.

Equality and Diversity
In line with current legislation (Equality Act, 2010) and the UWS Equality, Diversity, and Human Rights Code, our modules are accessible and inclusive, with reasonable adjustment for different needs where appropriate. Module materials comply with University guidance on inclusive learning and teaching, and specialist assistive equipment, support provision and adjustment to assessment practice will be made in accordance with UWS policy and regulations. Where modules require practical and/or laboratory based learning or assessment required to meet accrediting body requirements the University will make reasonable adjustment such as adjustable height benches or assistance of a ‘buddy’ or helper.
Please refer to the UWS Equality and Diversity Policy at the following link: UWS Equality and Diversity Policy

UWS Equality and Diversity Policy
(N.B. Every effort will be made by the University to accommodate any equality and diversity issues brought to the attention of the School)

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