• Offered by Biology Teaching and Learning Centre
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Biology
  • Areas of interest Medical Science
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Isabelle Ferru
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Second Semester 2016
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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.

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. 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

Indicative 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. For each reference, students write a small summary of the data or information they are obtaining from the reference and explain why this particular reference is of interest to 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)

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Two lectures per week and up to twenty six hours of practical or tutorial work.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have sucessfully completed BIOL2161 or BIOL2142 or BIOL2174 or BIOL3141.




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Student Contribution Band:
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.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $3276
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $4368
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
7458 18 Jul 2016 29 Jul 2016 31 Aug 2016 28 Oct 2016 In Person N/A

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