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TM5503 - Human Parasitology

Credit points: 3
Year: 2019
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.


Townsville, Limited, Study Period 2
Census Date 29-Aug-2019
Face to face teaching 30-Sep-2019 to 04-Oct-2019
Coordinator: Assoc. Professor Jeffrey Warner
Lecturers: Assoc. Professor Jeffrey Warner, Assoc. Professor Constantin Constantinoiu, Assoc. Professor Wayne Melrose.
Workload expectations:

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

  • 20 hours lectures
  • 20 hours practicals
  • assessment and self-directed study
Assessment: end of semester exam (40%); other exams (30%); assignments (30%).

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.