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Unit Overview


The role of invertebrate vectors in the transmission of infectious agents and the causation of diseases in humans is the major focus of this unit. Students are introduced to viral, parasitic and other disease agents which are transmitted by vectors and the role of environmental factors which influence vector-borne diseases. This unit discusses the life cycle of disease vectors, their ecology, identification, methods of vector sampling and control. Approaches used in the surveillance of vector-borne diseases are also discussed.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth), QEII Medical CentreFace to face

Students are able to (1) recognise the concept of vector-borne diseases and the various types of pathogens which are transmitted to humans by arthropod vectors; (2) identify the different kinds of arthropod vectors which transmit infectious agents to humans, and those which are major vectors of disease; (3) investigate the theory of vector control and the use of sampling methods and comprehensive vector control programs; (4) identify how vectors of disease are determined during outbreaks of vector-borne infectious diseases; (5) describe the epidemiology of vector-borne diseases and the approaches used in surveillance systems for monitoring particular vector-borne infectious diseases; and (6) describe the effect of environmental factors, human influences and climate change on vector-borne diseases and the approaches used in environmental management to control the vectors associated with these diseases.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) practical assessment; (2) end-of-semester examination; and (3) tests. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Christopher Peacock
Unit rules
enrolment in
the Graduate Diploma in Infectious Diseases.
or Master of Infectious Diseases
Advisable prior study
MICR5829 Foundations of Infectious Diseases.
MICR5842 Principles of Infection and Immunity.
PUBH4403 Epidemiology I.
MICR5830 Principles of Mycology and Parasitology
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week
labs: 2 hours per week
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  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.