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General Parasitology (BIOL 4104)

Course Description (BIOL 4104): This course is an introduction to the biology of parasitism, which is one category of symbiosis. You will learn the distinguishing features of (1) the major animal groups which contain parasitic members, (2) the associations between parasites and hosts, and (3) solutions to the problems of a parasitic way of life. Often we will study examples of parasites that affect human beings. I hope that when you complete this course you have a broader understanding of the place of parasitism among symbiotic relationships as well as a wider view of the importance of symbiosis in living communities.

 

Syllabus

Week 1

Lecture 1 Introduction, Desowitz Chs 1 & 2

Lecture 2 Definitions, R and J Chs 2 & 3

Lab 1 Amoebas, R and J Ch 7

Lecture 3 Areas of Responsibility

Week 2

Lecture 4 Intro to Amoebas, R and J Ch 7

Lecture 5 Amoeba of Humans/Lab 2 Intestinal Amoeba diversity

Lectures 6 Other Amoebas

Week 3

Lectures 7 Intro to flagellates /Lab 3 Intestinal Flagellates, R and J Ch 6

Lecture 7 Intestinal Flagellates cont, R and J Chs 5 & 6; Desowitz Chs 13 and 6

Week 4

Lecture 8 Giardia and Hemoflagellates, R and J Chs 5 & 6; Desowitz Chs 13 and 6

Lecture 9/Lab 4 Kala Azar and Cutaneaous and Mucocutaneous Leishmaniasis, R and J Ch 5

Lecture 10 Leishmaniasis continued

Week 5

Lecture 11 and 12 African Trypanosomiasis, R and J Ch 5

Lectuere 13 and 14/Lab 5 American Trypanosomiasis and Other Trypanosomes, R and J Ch 5

Week 6

Lecture 15 and 16 Plasmodium life history; Malaria: pathology, symptoms, treatment and prognosis, R and J Ch 8/Lab 6

Lecture 17 Other Apicomplexans

Week 7

Lab Practical Practice

 

Lab 7 Lab practical

Week 8

Lab 8/ 18 Intro to flatworms and 19 trematodes

Week 9 Lab 9

Test I

Lecture 20 Liver, Lung, and Intestinal Flukes/Lab 9 Liver Flukes

Week 10

Lecture 21-22 Lung, Intestinal and Blood Flukes

Lecture 23 Blood Flukes II/ Lab 10 Blood Flukes

Week 11

Lecture 24 Cestodes I

Lecture 25 Cestodes II/Lab 11 Cestodes

Week 12

Lecture 26 Cestodes III

Lectures 27-28 Intro to Nematodes and Ascarics/Lab 12 Cestodes II

Lecture 29 Ascarids continured

Week 13

Test II Questions

Lectures 30-32 Nematodes Pinworms and Trichurids/Lab 13

Week 14

Test Two and Thanksgiving Break

Week 15

Lectures 33-34 Nematodes Hookworms / Lab 14

Lab Practical Review II

Lecture 35-36 Nematodes Filarialworms

Week 16

Take Home Final

Groups Not Covered

Nematomorpha

Acanthocephala

Leeches

Arthropods