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TM5503 - Human Parasitology

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

This subject includes a detailed study of the classification, epidemiology, morphology, life cycle, control, diagnosis and treatment of protozoal and helminthic infections in humans with special reference to the major diseases found in Australia, the Western Pacific and Southeast Asia. Case studies are used extensively in teaching. The subject has an applied focus and deals with current and topical aspects of human parasitology in the Australasian region. Laboratory techniques for routine clinical diagnosis of parasitic infection is 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 and the Asia-Pacific region.

Learning Outcomes

  • be able to respond competently to requests for assistance with parasitological problems;
  • demonstrate an understanding of the importance, epidemiology, biology, life-cycle, morphology, diagnosis, symptomatology, management and prevention of the common helminths and protozoa parasitic in humans in tropical southeast Asia, Australasia and the western Pacific region;
  • demonstrate an understanding of the morphology, epidemiology, diagnosis, pathology, management, control and prevention of the common mites and lice parasitic on humans;
  • demonstrate skills in basic parasitological diagnostic laboratory procedures.

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 problems;
  • The potential to lead and contribute to projects effectively and efficiently;
  • The ability to conduct their research in an ethical manner;
  • The ability to communicate the methodology, results and implications of their research in a manner appropriate to different purposes and audiences;
  • The ability to make constructive contributions to project teams or collegial activities.


Cairns, Study Period 1, Limited
Census Date 22-Mar-2012
Face to face teaching 16-Apr-2012 to 20-Apr-2012
Coordinator: Ms Lisa Jones
Lecturers: Professor Alex Loukas, <Person not found>, Ms Lisa Jones.
Workload expectations:
  • 20 hours lectures
  • 20 hours practicals
Assessment: end of semester exam (50%); open book exam submitted prior to the residential block (20%); assignments (30%).

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