Human Parasitology

Module code: 5BIOM009W
Faculty: Faculty of Science and Technology
Credit Level: 5
Credit value: 20
Available to: Faculty of Science and Technology students only, however students on some courses are unable to choose Westminster Electives  – see list of exemptions. Please note elective modules are subject to availability.

This module will enable you to explore the pathogenesis of human parasitic diseases, including the use of case histories to demonstrate the principles and practice of parasitology. You will study the life cycles and control of worm and protozoan parasites including malaria, schistosomiasis, trypanosomiasis and nematode infections. You will also review the failures and successes of control programmes, and examine topics such as the impact of HIV/AIDS, the effect of parasitic infections on nutrition, and the importance of insects as vectors of parasitic diseases.

By the time you complete the module you will be able to interpret and present case histories of selected parasitic diseases, apply the principles of parasitology to the understanding of parasitic diseases of humans, and review the biology, pathogenesis and life cycles of the major human parasites. You will also be able to perform laboratory investigations of parasitic infections, assess the reasons for the current global distribution of parasitic diseases, and review the transmission and control of parasitic diseases by producing a health promotion leaflet.

The module will be delivered through a combination of lectures, tutorials, and practical classes and workshops. Assessment will be based around an open book examination and two key pieces of coursework – a health promotion leaflet and a practical report based on laboratory investigations.