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BIOL6076 Biomedical Parasitology

Module Overview

The aim of this module is introduce third year students to the main clinically relevant parasite classes, it will consider their lifecycles, the human/veterinary pathology caused and the treatment methods both of the primary and where applicable intermediate hosts and environment. It will give an understanding of vector borne disease. The module will consider the interaction and evasion methods used by parasites in respect to the immune system and chemical control. It will consider the evidence of possible benefits gained by parasitism. Finally it will demonstrate examples of host:parasite coevolution and consider the likely changes in parasite risk the UK in the light of environmental change.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Explain the life-cycles of the main clinically relevant parasite classes
  • Explain the human/veterinary pathology caused by the main clinically relevant parasites
  • Explain the treatment methods/ prevention utilising both the primary and where applicable intermediate hosts and environment
  • Give examples of vector borne disease, where parasitism is significant in the disease
  • Explain interaction and evasion methods used by parasites in respect to the immune system and chemical control
  • Give examples of the possible benefits gained by parasitism
  • Give examples of host:parasite coevolution
  • Explain possible changes in parasite risk in the UK due to environmental change


1/ Definition of parasite and parasitology and understanding of their worldwide and UK importance for human/ animal health and their role in current hygiene policy 2/ An understanding of the main classes of human parasite and examples of the most relevant parasite induced diseases including- Kinetoplastids (trypanosomes), Plasmodia, Amoebia, Helminths (Cestodes-tape worms, Schistosomes, Nematodes), Ectoparasites (insects -lice, fleas etc, Arachnia -ticks / mites) 3/ Examples of the various methods of pharmacological treatment in the host, also other protective counter measures 4/ Parasites effects on the immune system and parasite immune evasion 5/ Examples of parasite and host interactions and co-evolution (eg Cat-Mouse-Human behaviour and Toxoplasma) 6/ Effects of climate change on parasite risk

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Lectures. Seminars. Practical session. Poster session/ student presentations

Wider reading or practice124
Practical classes and workshops4
Total study time150



MethodPercentage contribution
Presentation & Peer Discussion 25%
Written assessment 75%


MethodPercentage contribution
Written assessment 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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