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General Parasitology

Objectives and Content

An introduction to general parasitology, including a short overview of morphology, taxonomy, life cycle and transmission of the most important eucaryotic parasite groups infecting vertebrates. The students are given an introduction to elementary epidemiological theory, including distribution patterns, dynamics of transmission, host-parasite population dynamics, threshold level of hosts and control strategies. The course also includes hypothesis in evolutionary effects of parasites on the hosts, and evolution of parasite key characters, host specificity, complexity of life cycle and virulence.

Learning Outcomes

After completing the course, students will:

  • Have a basic understanding of the main concepts and definitions within the dicipline.
  • Have an overview of the major taxonomic groups of parasites occurring in vertebrates and have access to general biological adaptations that characterize each parasite group.
  • Gain insight into the parasites population ecology, including the factors affecting infection pressure and rate of spread of a parasite in a host population.
  • Understand how important parasitic properties are influenced by evolutionary processes.
  • Become familiar with how parasites affect physiological, behavioral and ecological adaptations in the host.
  • Have an overview of key research questions in parasitology, and be able to present these orally and in writing.

Recommended Previous Knowledge

Compulsory courses of Bachelor in Biology.

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

  • Compulsory written semester assignment.
  • Compulsory seminars.
  • Compulsory laboratory course.

Forms of Assessment

  • Midterm exam, accounts for 40% of total grade.
  • Written semester assignment, accounts for 60% of total grade.

The compulsory laboratory course and seminars must be approved in order to take the exam.

Grading Scale

The grading scale used is A to F. Grade A is the highest passing grade, grade F is a fail.

Exam information

  • Type of assessment: Midterm examination and semester assignment

    Withdrawal deadline
    01.11.2017