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TM5503 - Human Parasitology

Credit points: 3
Year: 2015
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.


Cairns, Limited, Study Period 1
Census Date 26-Mar-2015
Face to face teaching 01-Jun-2015 to 05-Jun-2015
Coordinator: <Person not found>, 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 (40%); other exams (30%); assignments (20%); pester/oral presentation (10%).

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