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
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
Three lecture hours
One term - Three credits.
Prerequisites : SC/BIOL 2030 4.0.
Course credit exclusion : SC/BIOL 4360 4.0
Dr. R. A. Webb
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.
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%
Official Course Drop