- Code BIOL3142
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by Biology Teaching and Learning Centre
- ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
- Course subject Biology
- Areas of interest Medical Science
See https://www.anu.edu.au/covid-19-advice. In 2023, This course is delivered entirely on campus/in person.
Every 30 seconds someone is killed by a parasite. Parasites also cause damage to the livestock industry worth several billions of dollars each year. This course offers an overview of the biological and molecular bases of important parasitic diseases and an understanding of the enormous impact parasites have on endemic communities.
In this course we will take a broad and multi-disciplinary approach to the complex and dynamic relationships between parasites and their hosts. We aim to understand the problems we face when fighting parasitic diseases and to identify potential solutions. We will explore both unicellular parasites (protozoa) and multicellular parasites (mainly parasitic worms and ectoparasites). We will also investigate overarching themes like mechanisms that cause disease, transmission, diagnostics, drug development and intervention strategies.
The diverse and comprehensive lecture series is complemented by hands-on practicals that will emphasise particular aspects. These practicals will also provide insights into the current state of parasitological research and strategies that are employed to develop new drugs and diagnostics.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Analyse key features of major parasitic diseases and evaluate their impact on human and animal health.
- Compare and evaluate different transmission strategies of various parasites.
- Compare and evaluate key factors that cause parasitic diseases (both from the parasite and host perspective).
- Organise parasites into their phylogenetic relationships and appraise their diversity.
- Understand key principles of diagnostic approaches and assess and critique different diagnostic tests.
- Assess and evaluate different treatment and intervention strategies.
- Identify, analyse and design experimental approaches that lead to the creation of parasitological knowledge.
- Data analysis (5) [LO 7]
- Practical reports (35) [LO 1,2,3,4,7]
- Online quizzes (20) [LO 1,2,3,4,7]
- Final exam (40) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6,7]
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The expected workload will consist of approximately 130 hours throughout the semester including:
- Face-to face component which may consist of 2 x 1 hour lectures per week (total 24 hours). Up to 33 hours of practical or tutorial sessions throughout the semester.
- Approximately 73 hours of self-study which will include preparation for lectures, reports and other assessment tasks.
Students are expected to actively participate and contribute towards discussions.
To be determined
Requisite and Incompatibility
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