Undergraduate course

General Parasitology

  • ECTS credits10
  • Teaching semesterAutumn
  • Course codeBIO220
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageEnglish
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Teaching semester


The registration deadline for enrollment in the course is Thursday in week 33 for the autumn semester. You will receive confirmation of whether you received a spot in Studentweb no later than Tuesday the week after the deadline.

The time of the first lecture/orientation meeting can be found in the schedule on the course website or on the Mitt UiB learning platform.

Objectives and Content

The course gives an overview of the most important groups of eukaryotic parasites in vertebrates, their life cycle, infection pathways and types of damage they inflict on the host. Central parasitic concepts and definitions will be explained. The most important factors affecting the distribution patterns of parasites, transmission dynamics and infection levels will be covered. Furthermore, the course provides an introduction to how parasite characteristics such as host specificity, complexity of life cycle and virulence are shaped by evolutionary processes, and how parasites affect the ecology, behavior and evolution of wild populations of fish, birds and mammals.

During the course, students will be introduced to some key research questions in parasitology, and review critical reading of research literature. In the laboratory they will conduct an experimental infection study, as well as a dissection course for observation of parasites.

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 insight into general biological adaptations that characterize each parasite group.
  • Gain insight into parasites' population ecology, including factors affecting infection pressure and spread rate of a parasite in a host population.
  • Understand how important parasitic properties are influenced by evolutionary processes.
  • Become familiar with how parasites affect physiological, behavioural 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.

Required Previous Knowledge


Recommended Previous Knowledge

Compulsory courses of Bachelor in Biology.

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

  • Compulsory seminars.
  • Compulsory laboratory course.

Compulsory activities must be approved in order for you to take the exam. Approved compulsory activities are valid for 6 semesters, including the semester of completion.

Forms of Assessment

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

Grading Scale

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

Assessment Semester

Submission of written semester assignment in both spring and autumn semesters. In semesters with no classes, submission will occur at the beginning of the semester.

Course Evaluation

Students will evaluate the course in accordance with the quality assurance system at UiB and the department. You can find student evaluations in the Quality Assurance Reports.


Contact Information

Contact the Study Section at the Department of Biological Sciences: studie@bio.uib.no

Exam information

  • Type of assessment: Midterm examination and semester assignment

    Withdrawal deadline