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2021/22 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

BLGY2205 Parasitology

10 creditsClass Size: 131

Module manager: Dr Glenn McConkey
Email: g.a.mcconkey@leeds.ac.uk

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2021/22

Module replaces

BLGY2137 Parasitology

This module is approved as a discovery module

Module summary

The course will provide an introduction to parasitology with an emphasis on those that cause diseases of medical and veterinary importance.The main content will be delivered through the use of specific examples. These will include single celled microparasites such as Malaria, Toxoplasma, Trypanosoma, Leishmania, and Giardia and macroparasites such as Schistosoma, Ascaris, Geohelminths, and the Filarial Nematodes.

Objectives

The overall aim is to have an understanding of this group of organisms, which are responsible for disease on a global scale.

The course will provide an introduction to parasitology with an emphasis on those that cause diseases of medical and veterinary importance.

Learning outcomes
On completion of the module students will be able to:
1. Understand characteristics of eukaryotic parasites;
2. Understand their structure and diversity, their complex life cycles and transmission strategies, the basis for disease pathogenesis and their interaction with host and vector populations;
3. Understand basic concepts in parasite biology, approaches to chemotherapy and control.


Syllabus

The course will provide an introduction to parasitology with an emphasis on those that cause diseases of medical and veterinary importance. The main content will be delivered through the use of specific examples. These will include single celled microparasites such as Malaria, Toxoplasma, Trypanosoma, Leishmania, and Giardia and macroparasites such as Schistosoma, Ascaris, Geohelminths, and the Filarial Nematodes.

Particular examples will be expanded to illustrate the particular characteristics of this group of organisms, their structure and diversity, their complex life cycles and transmission strategies, the basis for disease pathogenesis and their interaction with host and vector populations and approaches to chemotherapy and control.

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Lecture151.0015.00
Practical44.0016.00
Seminar13.003.00
Tutorial11.501.50
Independent online learning hours10.00
Private study hours54.50
Total Contact hours35.50
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

30 hours - 2 hours reading per lecture
10 hours - practical reports
10 hours - online learning based on research literature search
4.5 hours - research for report/group presentation and further reading.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Feedback on 2 x practical reports.

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information


Coursework
Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
PracticalPractical report20.00
PracticalPractical report20.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)40.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated


Exams
Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Online Time-Limited assessment24 hr 60.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)60.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 06/10/2021 10:45:05

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