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TV5131 - Host-Parasite Relationships

Credit points: 3
Year: 2021
Student Contribution Band: Band 3
Administered by: College of Public Health, Medical & Vet Sciences

Available to level 4 honours and graduate students.

A tutorial/seminarbased subject dealing with concepts and specific topics in parasitology. Interactions between parasites and their hosts from the molecular, biochemical and physiological to the population level are examined with reference to specific organisms.

Learning Outcomes

  • discuss the evolution and basic theories of parasitism as a way of life;
  • discuss the means by which parasitic infections lead to parasitic disease and the pathogenic mechanisms involved;
  • understand the epidemiology of parasitic diseases and the principles involved in development and application of mathematical/computer models of parasitic diseases;
  • understand the mechanisms by which the hosts attempt to control the growth, development and multiplication of parasites and how parasites evade these processes.

Subject Assessment

  • Written > Examination (centrally administered) - (40%) - Individual
  • Oral > Presentation 1 - (30%) - Individual
  • Written > Literature review - (30%) - Individual.

Special Assessment Requirements



Townsville, Internal, Study Period 2
Census Date 26-Aug-2021
Coordinator: Assoc. Professor Constantin Constantinoiu
Lecturer: Dr Jim Taylor.
Workload expectations:

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

  • 26 hours lectures (didactic or interactive)
  • 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.