School of Biological and Chemical Sciences

Parasites and Infectious Diseases

Module code: BIO335

Credits: 15.0
Semester: SEM2
Timetable:

    Lecture
  • Semester 2: Weeks 1: Thursday 2 pm - 3 pm
  • Semester 2: Weeks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12: Thursday 9 am - 11 am
    Workshop
  • Semester 2: Weeks 3, 9: Wednesday 2 pm - 5 pm
  • Semester 2: Weeks 3, 9: Friday 2 pm - 5 pm

Contact: Dr Shane Wilkinson
Overlap: None
Prerequisite: (BIO161 or BIO111 or BIO163) and (BIO113 or BIO123)

Module cannot be taken with SBC325 (Topics in Public Health Microbiology) This module covers the following topics: Parasite diversity. Microparasites vs macroparasites. The evolution of complex life cycles. The evolution of virulence and the importance of transmission route. Host-parasite co-evolution. Distributions of parasites within host populations. Effects of parasites on host individuals and populations. Host-parasite population dynamics. Parasite effects on host evolution: the evolution of sexual reproduction, parasite mediated sexual selection. Parasite manipulation of host behaviour. Parasite control: using population biology to design treatment and vaccination strategies.

Connected course(s): UDF DATA
Assessment: 80.0% Examination, 20.0% Coursework
Level: 6