WETS1044 Aquatic parasites and diseases (3 cr)

Study level:
Advanced studies
Grading scale:
English, Finnish
Responsible organisation:
Department of Biological and Environmental Science
Curriculum periods:
2020-2021, 2021-2022, 2022-2023, 2023-2024


Lectures + demonstrations. 

Learning outcomes

  • Student knows the main groups (Phyla) of aquatic parasites and their life cycles, occurrence and distribution, and harm caused by those parasites in natural habitats and aquaculture conditions.

  • Knows the most important bacterial, viral and fungal diseases and their effects in natural habitats and in aquaculture.

  • Can describe the transmission and spreading mechanisms of the above parasites and diseases, and their control strategies.

  • Can name and identify the main groups of aquatic parasites and their typical morphological structures.

  • Can independently examine and identify macroscopic parasites from a fresh sample.

  • Knows how to culture bacteria and knows basics of the identification of bacterial diseases. 


Completion methods

Method 1

Evaluation criteria:
Exams, activity
Time of teaching:
Period 2
Select all marked parts
Parts of the completion methods

Teaching (3 cr)

Participation in teaching
Grading scale:
English, Finnish
Study methods:

Lectures and demonstrations.

Study materials:
Reading: Valtonen ym. (toim.): Suomen kalojen loiset 2012, Gaudeamus (yksittäisiä kappaleita saatavilla kirjastosta tai lainattavissa opettajilta), sekä Rahkonen ym. (toim.) 2012: Terve kala, toinen tarkistettu painos, RKTL (saatavana osoitteesta: http://www.rktl.fi/www/uploads/pdf/uudet%20julkaisut/Kirjat/terve_kala_net_0.pdf)