ANIMAL PARASITOLOGY Biol 4426
First Semester 2003-2004
Prerequisites: Biol 3052 or CIBI 3002 or
Biol 3022 or Biol 4015
Hours of credit: 3 - Two hours of conference per week
One - three hour laboratory per week
Professor: Dra. Lucy Bunkley-Williams
Office: Celis 221
Lab: Celis 302
Office hours: Monday and Wednesday
Description: General principles and ecology of parasitism. Study of the principle pathogenic protozoans, and helminths and their life cycles, host relationships, and control.
Text: Foundations of Parasitology by Roberts and Janovy
Objectives 1. To familiarize the student with the basic principles of parasitology.
2. To define the terminology used in parasitology.
3. To discuss the most important parasites of humans and other animals, including their life-cycles, epidemiology, detection, controls and treatments.
4. To familiarize the student with the parasites
(Most important topics)
I. Introduction - Importance of Parasites
(2 hrs) - Definition of parasitism
- Basic principles and concepts
- Definition of general and epidemiological terms
II. Protozoa - Introduction
(7 hrs) - Trypanosomes and other flagellates
III. Digenetic trematodes - Introduction
(5 hrs) -Schistosoma
V. Cestoda - Introduction
(5 hrs) Pseudophyllidea
VI. Nematodes -Introduction
(6 hrs)- Trichurida
- Intestinal roundworms
- Filarial worms
- Guinea worms
VII. Acanthocephala and
VIII. Pentastomes - (1 hr)
1. EXAMS 3 X 100 points each 300 pts (40% of total grade)
2. Attendence (1.66 points per day) 50 pts (7% of total grade)
3. FINAL (comprehensive) 150 pts (20% of total grade)
4. Laboratory 250 pts (33% of total grade)
TOTAL 750 pts
Lecture Exam Dates:
675 - 750 points = A
600 - 674 points = B
525 - 599 points = C
450 - 524 points = D
below 450 = F
PLEASE be PUNCTUAL to class.
Absences from class will only be excused with a note from a medical doctor.
Absences from exams will result in a 0 for the exam unless you bring me a note from a medical doctor, judge or police officer. Make-up exams will be given ONCE at the end of the semester. My advise - DO NOT MISS AN EXAM.
PLEASE - no beepers in class and, of course, no cell phones in class.
Study guides will are on my website.
They include an explanation of the kinds of questions I ask on my tests and an outline that will help you focus on the important points of each parasite.
To help you prepare for class, it would be useful to read or at least look over the chapter before you come to class so you will know what to expect that day. Take notes during class or highlight the sections in the book that are covered in class. After class, re-read or read the chapter in detail to reinforce your memory about the material presented in class. You could then go to a web-site and look at a few more pictures or diagrams that might help more fully explain the material or show it in a different way.
There are several Internet sites that are extremely useful for study of both the lecture and lab portions of this course.
The Centers for Disease Control includes most of what you will have in this course with color life-cycles, micrographs and diagnosis. This site is an incredible resource and I urge you to study it.
Another really useful site is
It has practice quizzes for the laboratory and lecture segments. Click on the “Human Parasiotology Image Tutorial” and when it comes up scroll down to the questions. They will be a big help in testing yourself.
Animal Parasitology - Biol 4426
First Semester 2003-2004
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