Advanced Parasitology

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Course Code: 
MBS 7217
Course Credit Units: 
Semester 2
Year of Study: 
Year 1
Undergraduate or Graduate Level: 
Graduate Level
Course Discipline: 
Course Description & Objectives: 

This course deals with more current and comprehensive reviews of selected groups of zoonotic parasites of economic value. It discusses mechanisms used by parasites to evade their hosts’ immune system, how parasites have evolved to survive in their hosts and to develop resistance to antiparasitic drugs. It explores recent findings and advances in parasitology that assist in parasite detection, diagnosis and control of parasitic infection and transmission. The use of parasites as an experimental tool will also be considered. Students will complete a review paper on a topic of their choice in the field of Parasitology.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Objectives

  • To provide additional training prior to embarking on a research career in parasitology, entomology, immunology or molecular biology.
  • To provide an up-to-date insight into the major vector groups of arthropods and zoonotic parasites, their behavior, transmission potential, and the application of modern techniques in their control.
  • To facilitate the ability to design a laboratory or field-based research project, and apply relevant research skills in a given parasitology field.
Learning Outcomes: 

At the end of this course, the student should:

  • Be abreast with the current knowledge in the zoonotic protozoa, helminths and arthropods.
  • Be able to execute research in the parasitological field in the areas of invasion mechanisms of parasites, diagnostic and control mechanisms.
Advanced Parasitology
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