• 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
    • Prof Alexander Maier
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in First Semester 2020
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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. Identify, describe and contrast unicellular parasites and parasitic worms

  2. Describe specific human and non-human parasitic diseases

  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. Appraise the impacts of parasitic diseases on human societies

  6. Evaluate the complexity of the parasite/host relationship (parasite evasion mechanisms vs host defensive mechanisms)

  7. Assemble a presentation on a current topic in parasitology (literature research, selection of relevant sources of information, evaluation of the information/data, formulation of the research’s results)

Indicative Assessment

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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. Incompatible with BIOL6143.




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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.

      Units EFTSL
      6.00 0.12500
      Domestic fee paying students
      Year Fee
      2020 $4050
      International fee paying students
      Year Fee
      2020 $5760
      Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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      First Semester

      Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
      3958 24 Feb 2020 02 Mar 2020 08 May 2020 05 Jun 2020 In Person View

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