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Parasitology: People, Pets and Wildlife (BMS316)

Organisational Unit Medical, Molecular and Forensic Sciences
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S2-internal
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S2
Description This unit introduces fundamental concepts of parasite disease ecology. It explores factors influencing the distribution and abundance of parasites in host populations, and the processes that underpin the emergence of epidemics. The life cycles of major parasites of people are described, with particular attention to new parasitic diseases which are emerging from transmission cycles involving people, domestic animals and wildlife. The interaction between hosts and parasites, leading to disease, is covered, as is the treatment and control of parasitic diseases.
Unit Learning Outcomes Students who complete this unit should be able to:
1. Identify to genus or species level, with the aid of taxonomic keys, the major parasites that affect people.
2. Describe, in general terms, the life cycles and transmission patterns of these parasites.
3. Perform and interpret common diagnostic procedures in parasitology.
4. Communicate the results of these procedures concisely and accurately.
5. Describe the mechanisms by which parasites cause disease.
6. Describe the methods used to diagnose and treat infections with parasitic protozoans, helminths and arthropods.
7. Describe the factors that influence parasite distribution and abundance.
8. Calculate basic epidemiological parameters such as prevalence and intensity.
9. Describe the principles of disease transmission and how these differ between microparasites and macroparasites.
10. Understand the role played by parasites in natural ecosystems, and decide when treatment and control programs for parasites are necessary and when they are counter-productive.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 3 hours per week; practicals: 3 hours per week
Unit Learning Experiences The approach to learning in this unit is a combination of structured course content through lectures and hands-on laboratory examination of parasites and parasitic disease, and self-directed learning through set readings.
Assessment Assessment items: Online practical quizzes (10%); Mid-semester quiz (20%); Core competencies in parasitological procedures (5%); Final theory exam (65%).
Prerequisites BIO152 Cell Biology/Foundations of Cell and Molecular Biology/Foundations of Cell Biology
Exclusions Students who have successfully completed VET278 Principles of Infectious Disease: Veterinary Parasitology or BMS364 Parasitology may not enrol in this unit for credit.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Animal Health (BSc) [New in 2015]
Animal Science (BSc) [New in 2014]
Biological Sciences (BSc) [New in 2014]
Biology and Human Biology Major Teaching Area (BEd(Sec)) [New in 2019]
Biomedical Science (BSc) [New in 2014]
Chemistry (BSc) [New in 2014]
Clinical Laboratory Science (BSc) [New in 2015]
Conservation and Wildlife Biology (BSc) [New in 2014]
Crop and Pasture Science (BSc) [New in 2016]
Engineering Technology (BSc) [New in 2014]
Environmental Management and Sustainability (BSc) [New in 2014]
Environmental Science (BSc) [New in 2014]
Forensic Biology and Toxicology (BSc) [New in 2014]
Genetics and Molecular Biology (BSc) [New in 2014]
Laboratory Medicine (BSc/BLabMed) [New in 2016]
Marine Biology (BSc) [New in 2017]
Marine Science (BSc) [New in 2014]
Mathematics and Statistics (BSc) [New in 2014]
Mineral Science (BSc) [New in 2014]
Physics and Nanotechnology (BSc) [New in 2014]
Sport and Health Science (BSc) [New in 2014]
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


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