MICR5830 Principles of Mycology and Parasitology

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth), QEII Medical CentreFace to face
This unit introduces students to the cell biology, ecology, epidemiology, pathogenesis and diagnosis of fungi and parasitic protozoans and helminths. Where appropriate, the concepts of zoonosis, opportunistic parasitism and drug resistance as well as the vectors of transmission, are discussed. Both the lecture and practical classes place a strong emphasis on the diagnostic characteristics of infectious agents and the techniques used in clinical laboratories for accurate identification of pathogens and opportunists.
Students are able to (1) explain the basic features of parasites and fungi which infect humans; (2) describe the pathogenesis and epidemiology of important fungal and parasitic pathogens; (3) explain the chemotherapy of fungal and parasitic infections; (4) describe laboratory tests used in diagnosis of these infections; (5) correctly perform basic laboratory skills; and (6) discuss practices and policies used for the prevention and control of parasitic and fungal diseases.
This comprises continuous assessments on knowledge gained in both practical classes and lectures, together with a two-hour examination at the end of the semester.

Supplementary assessment is available for those students who obtain a mark of 45 to 49 inclusive in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Christopher Peacock
Unit rules
enrolment in the Graduate Diploma in Infectious Diseases
Master of Infectious Diseases
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week; practical classes: 2 hours per week
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