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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.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Christopher Peacock
Unit rules
enrolment in the Graduate Diploma in Infectious Diseases or Master of Infectious Diseases
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week; practical classes: 2 hours per week
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  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.