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SC BIOL 4360 Course outline 2013.docx

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POLS 1090
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SC/BIOL 4360 3.0 Parasitology Biology of animal parasites; developmental, structural and functional adaptations of animal parasites to their environment; responses to immune and other challenges by hosts; parasitic diseases. Course Expected Learning Outcomes: At the end of this course students should be able to…. 1. describe general principles and concepts of animal parasitology 2. draw and describe some general principles of systematics and be able to classify major animal parasites of animals and humans 3. draw and describe the structure and function of tissues and organs of many animal parasites 4. describe and be able to compare and contrast the many strategies that parasitic animals have undertaken to successfully complete their life cycles in the face of discontinuity of hosts 5. describe many of the disease conditions that animal parasite cause and to consider measures that may lead to control of these disease agents 6. generalize on the intestine as a place for animal parasites to inhabit and to predict the changes that animal parasites may make to the intestinal mileau that are supportive of the parasite 7. describe how some animal parasites are well adapted to anaerobic environments 8. describe, with the aid of figures, some of the ways by which the host may respond to the presence of animal parasites, in particular in mounting an adaptive and protective immune response, and to consider the many ways by which animal parasites may circumvent the defense mechanisms of the host 9. work effectively and cooperatively in small groups to elucidate an answer to an enquiry based research topic (Students will use data base search engines to investigate the literature of animal parasites and provide a group–written report on the fruits of their investigation.) 10. have the opportunity to present the results of the enquiry based research topic to the class. Meets: Three lecture hours One term - Three credits. Prerequisites : SC/BIOL 2030 4.0. Course credit exclusion : SC/BIOL 4360 4.0 Course Director: Dr. R. A. Webb Telephone tba eMail [email protected] (email will be answered, where possible, within 36 hrs). Responses to email enquiries for materials available in the course outline/lecture schedule will be terse. Text: (Recommended, but not required) Gerald D. Schmidt & Larry S. Roberts' ‘Foundations of Parasitology’ 9th ed. (2013) Larry S. Roberts, et al. McGraw Hill. Copies of older but usable versions are available in the library. Scheduling: Fall Lectures Tuesday and Thursday 10:00 - 11:30 am; Stedman Lecture Hall C. (see Lecture Schedule for topics – PPTs/notes for many lectures will be posted on the Moodle course site, usually before the lecture has been given. However, these are but notes – they need to be viewed in a context that can only be obtained by attending lectures. Lectures will serve to enable students to more readily understand and situate the materials in context. Additionally, some figures, diagrams and illustrative materials are not necessarily available on the Moodle site – they will be provided from time to time, in context, in the lectures) Assignments and Grading : Mid Term Exam (Date TBA - 1 hr duration – in class)………..…..30% Inquiring based learning assignment……………….................……15% Presentation of the enquiry based research topic ……….……….... 5% Final Exam………………………………...………............…..............50% 100% Official Course Drop
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