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ZO4816: PARASITOLOGY (2018-2019)

Last modified: 22 May 2019 17:07

Course Overview

This course covers human, livestock and wildlife parasitisms. The topics of host-parasite interactions, control of disease in humans and livestock, and impacts in wildlife are approached at the level of cell biology, immunology, epidemiology and health (veterinary and public).

Teaching combines lectures, research seminar style sessions, and student/group led exercises. A critical review essay provides an opportunity for independent study. Coursework is supported by individual and group tutorials.

The production of short technical reports and journalistic pieces offers opportunities to develop group working, presentation and writing skills.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 4
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr Jeremy Sternberg
  • Dr John Baird

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Programme Level 4

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Course Description

The course will explore recent developments in parasite biology and the control of parasitic disease. In particular we will focus on the role of the immune system in defence and disease, the host-parasite interactions which define the epidemiology of parasitic diseases, and control measures ranging from chemotherapy to vector-control. We will illustrate the course with examples from both invertebrate and vertebrate hosts, although the emphasis of the course will be toward mammalian (including human) parasitic diseases.

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Further Information & Notes

The course is available only to Honours candidates.

This course runs in weeks 31-35, and is scheduled in Thread 1, so may have contact hours in any or all of these times: Mondays, 9-13; Thursday, all day; Friday, 9-13. 

Please note, in case of low student enrolments, this course may not run.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

1st Attempt: In course assessment: 70% One two hour written examination 30%

Resit: Similar to 1st attempt, with continuous assessment mark(s) and /or exam mark carried forward with an opportunity to resit either or both, depending on what was failed in the first attempt.

Formative Assessment


A strong emphasis will be made throughout the course on informal verbal feedback during seminar and tutorial sessions.


 Students receive the mark from their exam; feedback on progress in understanding is provided informally during seminars and tutorials.

Course Learning Outcomes


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