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TM5503 - Human Parasitology

Credit points: 3
Year: 2022
Student Contribution Band: Band 3
Administered by: College of Public Health, Medical & Vet Sciences

This subject includes a detailed study of the classification, epidemiology, morphology, life cycle, control, diagnosis and treatment of protozoal and helminthic infections in humans. The subject has an applied focus and deals with current and topical aspects of human parasitology. Laboratory techniques for routine clinical diagnosis of parasitic infection are a significant focus of the subject. Through human parasitology, we aim to assist students to become competent in understanding and addressing parasitological problems current in Australia, the Asia-Pacific region and throughout the world.

Learning Outcomes

  • be able to respond competently to requests for assistance with parasitological problems;
  • demonstrate skills in basic parasitological diagnostic laboratory procedures;
  • demonstrate an understanding of the importance, epidemiology, biology, life-cycle, morphology, diagnosis, symptomology, management, control and prevention of the common helminths, protozoa and arthropods parasitic in humans.

Subject Assessment

  • Written > Test/Quiz 1 - (10%) - Individual
  • Written > Examination (College administered) - (60%) - Individual
  • Oral exam and practical's - (30%) - Individual.

Special Assessment Requirements

Successfully complete lab safety induction prior to on-campus attendance. Achieve an overall percentage of 50% or more. Complete and submit all pieces of assessments. Attend and complete the mandatory Mini-Block.


Townsville, Study Period 2, Mixed attendance
Census Date 25-Aug-2022
Face to face teaching 26-Sep-2022 to 07-Oct-2022
Coordinator: Assoc. Professor Lars Henning
Lecturers: Assoc. Professor Jeffrey Warner, Assoc. Professor Constantin Constantinoiu, Dr Leo Foyle, Dr Paul Giacomin, Assoc. Professor Lars Henning, Assoc. Professor Wayne Melrose.
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 20 hours lectures (didactic or interactive)
  • 40 hours practicals
  • assessment and self-directed study

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.