• Offered by Biology Teaching and Learning Centre
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Biology
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Isabelle Ferru
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2014
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A broad and multi-disciplinary approach to the complex and dynamic relationships between parasites and their hosts. This course offers an overview of the biological and epidemiological bases of important parasitic diseases and an understanding of the impact of parasitic diseases on endemic communities. It covers many disciplines while studying the life-cycles, ecology, physiology, biochemistry, immunology, pathology and molecular biology of the covered parasites. Both protozoan parasites (unicellular parasites) and parasitic helminths (parasitic worms) will be considered with emphasis on the most important parasites of humans. Studies include aspects of the host immune response to parasites; chronicity of infection and its significance; host pathology; evasion of host responses by parasites; diagnosis, vaccination; chemotherapy and drug resistance; genetic resistance to parasitic infection; relevance of parasitic infections to society. In-depth study of malaria and schistosomiasis, with focus on the pathology, immunology and chemotherapy of these most important human parasitic infections will be of particular importance

 

Note: Graduate students attend joint classes with undergraduates but are assessed separately

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

 

On satisfying the requirements of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

1. Identify and describe particular human and non-human parasitic diseases

2. Independently research current subjects in parasitology using published books and original papers

3. Prepare and observe live parasitic specimens and test students' own seropositivity for a particular parasitic infection

4. Report on observations of biological specimens such as parasites

5. Interpret, synthesise and critically analyse published literature in the area of parasitology

Other Information

The course examines the complex and dynamic relationships between parasites and their hosts. It presents an overview of the biological and epidemiological bases of important parasitic diseases and an understanding of the impact of parasitic diseases on endemic communities

Indicative Assessment

 

Undergraduate (BIOL3142) assessment:

* Critical list of references: consisting of recent and relevant references that students will be using to gather information and data for their oral presentation. (15%; LO 1, 2)

  • 5 minute oral presentation (15%; LO 1, 2)
  • Practical classes, attendance and practical reports (20%; LO 3, 4)
  • Final exam (50%; LO 1)

In the postgraduate course assessment will be:

  • 10 minute oral presentation with submitted copy of talk, referenced to the literature (20%; LO 1, 2)
  • Practical classes, attendance and practical reports (20%; LO 3, 4)
  • 1500 word essay on a current topic in parasitology (20%)
  • Final exam (40%; LO 1)

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Requisite and Incompatibility

You will need to contact the Biology Teaching and Learning Centre to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Students continuing in their current program of study will have their tuition fees indexed annually from the year in which you commenced your program. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
2
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee Description
1994-2003 $1650
2014 $2946
2013 $2946
2012 $2946
2011 $2946
2010 $2358
2009 $2358
2008 $2358
2007 $2358
2006 $2358
2005 $2358
2004 $2160
International fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $3606
2014 $3762
2013 $3756
2012 $3756
2011 $3756
2010 $3750
2009 $3618
2008 $3618
2007 $3618
2006 $3618
2005 $3618
2004 $3618
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
8260 21 Jul 2014 08 Aug 2014 31 Aug 2014 30 Oct 2014 In Person N/A

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