This course will not be offered in 2019
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
On satisfying the requirements of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Identify, describe and contrast unicellular parasites and parasitic worms
- Describe particular human and non-human parasitic diseases
- Prepare and observe live parasitic specimens and test students' own seropositivity for a particular parasitic infection
- Report on observations of biological specimens such as parasites
- Appraise the impacts of parasitic diseases on human societies
- Evaluate the complexity of the parasite/host relationship (parasite evasion mechanisms vs host defensive mechanisms)
- Independently research current
subjects in parasitology using published books and original papers.
Other InformationThe 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.
The Biology Teaching and Learning Centre is located in Building 116. Alternatively you can email firstname.lastname@example.org to request a permission code to enrol in this course.
Assessment will be based on:
10 minute oral presentation with submitted
copy of talk, referenced to the literature (20%; LO 2, 5, 7)
Practical classes, attendance and practical reports (20%; LO 1, 3, 4)
- 1500 word essay on a current topic in parasitology (20%, LO 2, 5, 6, 7)
- Final exam (40%; LO 1, 2, 5 & 6)
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WorkloadTwo lectures per week and up to twenty six hours of practical or tutorial work.
Requisite and Incompatibility
You will need to contact the Biology Teaching and Learning Centre to request a permission code to enrol in this course.
Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.
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- Student Contribution Band:
- Band 2
- Unit value:
- 6 units
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