Biology 3190-Animal Parasitology Spring 2014
D. Zeigler Oxendine 2101A
Phone: 521-6610 Office Hrs: available most of the week
david.zeigler@uncp.edu www.uncp.edu/home/zeiglerd

CATALOG DESCRIPTION: An introduction to the biology of parasites emphasizing classification, morphology, life history, pathology, treatment, ecology, and evolution. Three lectures & a two-hour laboratory weekly. Spring of even-numbered years. Credit 4 semester hours. Prerequesites Bio. 1000 & 1020.


COURSE OBJECTIVES will be to understand the nature and importance of those aspects of parasites and parasitism mentioned in the course description above and the syllabus below.


Required TEXT: Foundations of Parasitology (9th ed.) by Roberts & Janovy. There will also be many important handouts posted on Braveweb to suppliment the text in both lecture and lab purposes. You should print these off as they are made available and keep them in a notebook with your class notes. They are very important.


EXAMS & GRADING: There will be 3 lecture exams which each count as 20% of the course grade (total of 60%). The last lecture exam will be given in the final exam period but will not be comprehensive. There will be two laboratory exams which each count 15% (total of 30%) of the course grade. The remaining 10% will come from written summaries (abstracts) of two assigned scientific papers (5% each) dealing with parasitism. No exams are dropped. Other than some bonus points on exams, no extra credit is possible in this course. Cheating on any exam will result in an exam grade of 0.


Lab time will occasionally be used for lecture or lecture exams, and some lecture periods may be used for lab work & lab exams. Grades (exam or final average) will not be curved! I will use the +/- system. The major divisions follow the 10-point scale as follows:  90-100% = A, 80-89% = B, 70-79 = C, 60-69 = D, 0-59 = F


ATTENDANCE is expected at every class meeting. If you should miss any lectures or labs, you should get the missed notes from other students. If an exam is missed, notify me as soon as possible (certainly within 48 hours) as to the reason. If the reason is valid, a make-up exam will be scheduled. Regular exams usually include some bonus points, whereas make-up exams will not. If you are a responsible adult who cares about biology and your own education, you will be at every possible class meeting. I will not reward good attendance or punish poor attendance by adding or deducting course points.

Behavior: I expect you to be aware of the contents of the Academic Honor Code, found in Section IV. Rights and Responsibilites of the Student Handbook (online and hardcopy), and its wording on cheating, plagiarism, academic dishonesty, and the Code of Conduct. I especially stress that you should be in class to take notes, ask questions, give input when it is pertinent, and to give your attention to what is being presented in the class. Any continued/repetitive form of disruptive behavior will not be tolerated. You need to be respectful of the material presented and of your fellow students who have come to learn the material. As laid out in the Student Handbook under Code of Conduct (items 15 & 17), disruptive behavior will not be tolerated. Should disruptive behavior become excessive, you will be asked to leave the classroom, and you must seek permission from me before reentering the class on the next class day. Continued problem behavior will be reported to the Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs, and you may be administratively withdrawn from the class. There will be no eating in either lectures or lab. Drinks will be tolerated if you are careful and clean up any spilled liquid.

CLOSING HOTLINE: The school does at times cancel classes for all or part of a day, usually due to bad weather. To find out if classes are running as usual, call the University Hotline at: (910) 521-6888.

DISABILITY: Any student with a documented disability needing academic adjustments is required to speak directly to Disablility Support Services and the instructor as early as possible, preferably within the 1st week. All discussions will remain confidential. Please contact: Disability Support Services, DF Lowery Building, Room 107 or call 521-6695 for an appointment.

I hope you will remember that I have study & exam-taking tips listed at my webpage. If you have not checked them out, you definitely should do so. Among the most important of those are: Have a real interest in Biology, read the text and review your notes often, and work on mastering the vocabulary.

"There’s a species of parrot in Mexico with 30 different species of mites on its feathers alone. And the parasites themselves have parasites, and some of those parasites have parasites of their own. Scientists have no idea just how many species of parasites there are, but they do know one dazzling thing: parasites make up the majority of species on Earth. According to one estimate, parasites may outnumber free-living species four to one." –From Parasite Rex. A great book by Carl Zimmer (2000)

A BRIEF TENTATIVE LECTURE SYLLABUS:
Introduction; What is Parasitism?
Various Forms or Categories of Parasitism
Protist Parasites
Animal Defenses (Immune system, etc.)
Parasite "Resistance" to Host Defenses
Immunological Diagnostic Tests
      EXAM I
Platyhelminthes
Nematoda
Extended Pheotype Theory & Parasites
Parasite Metabolism
      EXAM II
Nematomorpha
Acanthocephala
Arthropoda
Other "Minor" Parasitic Groups
Evolution of Parasitism
Ecology of Parasitism
      EXAM III

Lab Exam I will cover the Parasitic Protists & the Phylum Platyhelminthes.
Lab Exam II will cover the Nematodes, Arthropods, and minor groups.
(Dates for lab exams will be announced at least one week prior to the exam date)