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Unit information: Parasite Biology in 2018/19

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Unit name Parasite Biology
Unit code BIOL20202
Credit points 10
Level of study I/5
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2C (weeks 13 - 18)
Unit director Professor. Gibson
Open unit status Not open
Pre-requisites

None.

We recommend that students should normally have 120 cps of appropriate L1 units or BIOL11000 or BIOL12000 or A level Biology

Co-requisites

None

School/department School of Biological Sciences
Faculty Faculty of Science

Description

Parasite diversity. Adaptations to the special ecological and physiological problems of life in or on another animal. Life history strategies, especially the adaptations of parasites to exploit host behaviour. The factors regulating parasite populations, niche biology, competitive interactions, the host immune response. The concept of parasite disease and human influence in exacerbating its effects. Evasion of the host immune responses. Zoonotic diseases.

Aims:

  • to learn about parasite diversity and adaptations to the special ecological and physiological problems of life in or on another animal.
  • to provide a foundation for more advanced courses involving parasite biology.
  • to provide background knowledge for practical projects relating to parasite biology.

Intended learning outcomes

You will have developed an informed general knowledge of parasitology, be able to place parasitism in a wider biological context, have acquired the foundation for further study in the subject.

Teaching details

  • 3 x 1 hour weekly lectures
  • 2 x 3 hour lab/practicals
  • Self-directed learning week. Students are expected to spend this time on directed reading.
  • Use of statistical software package SPSS.

Assessment Details

Assessment is based on the end of session theory exam (60%) and Laboratory practical reports (40%).

Reading and References

The recommended textbook for the course is:

Goater, T. et al (2014) Parasitism. The diversity and ecology of animal parasites. Cambridge University Press. Paperback 9780521122054 £40

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