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TM5501 - Tropical Medicine

Credit points: 3
Year: 2012
Student Contribution Band: Band 3
Administered by: Sch Public Health,Trop Medicine&Rehabilitation Sc

This subject covers the aetiology, diagnosis, management and prevention of common tropical diseases with special reference to Australasia and Southeast Asia, including helminthic, protozoan, rickettsial, bacterial, viral and other diseases. It includes lectures and demonstrations of some common tropical parasites and conditions. Anaemia, heat illness and other selected topics, are presented in lectures. Immunisation is also presented.

Learning Outcomes

  • have an understanding of some of the common tropical diseases and problems relevant to Australasia, Southeast Asia and the Western Pacific region, which are of interest to health professionals;
  • have an understanding of the microbiological, entomological and parasitic agents underlying these tropical diseases;
  • appreciate the diagnosis, management and prevention of tropical diseases of global importance (i.e. to the World Health Organization).

Graduate Qualities

  • The ability to appraise information critically;
  • The ability to use independent judgment to synthesise information to make intellectual and/or creative advances;
  • The ability to place their research in a broader (preferably international)theoretical, practical and policy context.;
  • The ability to think laterally and be original;
  • The ability to conceptualise and evaluate a range of potential solutions to relevant problems;
  • The ability to make constructive contributions to project teams or collegial activities;
  • The potential to resolve conflicts.


Townsville, Study Period 8, Block
Census Date 16-Aug-2012
Non-standard start/end 16-Jul-2012 to 28-Sep-2012
Face to face teaching 16-Jul-2012 to 27-Jul-2012
Coord/Lect: <Person not found>, Professor Peter Leggat.
Workload expectations:
  • 60 hours lectures
Assessment: other exams (75%); assignments (25%).

Study Period 1, External
Census Date 22-Mar-2012
Coord/Lect: <Person not found>, Professor Peter Leggat.
Workload expectations:
  • 60 hours lectures - external mode is equivalent to 60 lectures
Method of Delivery: andCDROMPrinted materials
Assessment: other exams (75%); assignments (25%).

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