Course Title: Medical Parasitology

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Medical Parasitology

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


135H Applied Sciences


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2008

Course Coordinator: Mr Jim Holbeche

Course Coordinator Phone: 9925 7144 / 9925 7100

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Level 1, Building 223, Bundoora West Campus

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Although there are no prerequisite studies, a knowledge of microbiology and immunology would be desirable.

Course Description

This course provides students with an understanding of parasitic infections of humans (especially those caused by protozoa and helminths).

The course will cover the biology of the parasites, life cycles, epidemiology, clinical features, laboratory diagnosis, treatment and prevention of human parasitic infections.
Students will gain practice in the laboratory diagnosis of human parasitic infections (especially those caused by intestinal parasites).

This course comprises the medical parasitology component of the 24 credit point course BIOL2178 Parasitology.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

The capabilities developed in this course include knowledge, technical expertise and critical analysis.

On successful completion of this course students will have:
knowledge and understanding of the basic biology and life cycles of human parasites, human parasitic infections, including epidemiology, clinical features, laboratory diagnosis, treatment and prevention,
acquired a basic level of skill in the laboratory diagnosis of human parasitic infections (especially those caused by intestinal parasites) and ability to critically analyse the the results of laboratory investigations,
the ability to prepare scientific written submissions

Overview of Learning Activities

The scheduled classes in the course will consist of 2-3 hours of lecture/discussion per week for the first half of the semester held on one evening per week at the City Campus.
A block practical program extending over 1-2 days will be run as part of the course. Please note that the practical program may be held during non-teaching periods (including weekends) and may be held at either the City or Bundoora Campus.

Independent study is an essential part of this course. As well as study related to the lectures, this will include preparation for practical classes and discussions, and preparation of written submissions.

Overview of Learning Resources

Learning resources for this course include the prescribed/recommended and reference texts and other material referred to in classes and on the DLS.

Students will be able to access course information and learning material on the DLS through the Learning Hub (also known as online@RMIT).

Overview of Assessment

This subject is assessed by written examinations and tests, and practical assessment.
Regular attendance at classes is essential as some of the assessment will be carried out during scheduled classes.