240082 Basic Parasitology

Responsible DepartmentDepartment of Agriculture and Ecology   80 %
Department of Veterinary Disease Biology   20 %

Earliest Possible YearMSc. 1 year
DurationOne block
Credits15 (ECTS)
Level of CourseMSc
ExaminationFinal Examination

oral examination

No aid allowed

Description of Examination: Individual oral examination in topics from the textbook. A 30 min will be give for preparation.

Weight: Weight: 100% oral examination

7-point scale, internal examiner
Organisation of TeachingLectures, group work and laboratory exercises. 2 course modul per week.
Block PlacementBlock 1
Week Structure: A

Block 1
Week Structure: B
Language of InstructionEnglish
Mandatory PrerequisitesA course in zoology at the bachelor level is required
Course Content
The course includes introduction to the biology of the most important parasite groups and species elucidating the morphology, life-cycles, physiology and biological potentials. Knowledge also includes the distribution and importance of parasites in natural ecological systems and in human and animal husbandry. Animal groups acting as intermediate hosts will also be covered to some degree.

The aim of the course is to educate in animal parasites including protozoans, helminths, and arthropods, which may occur in wild and farm animals and in humans. The course is a prerequisite for other compulsory courses under the Master of Science for Parasitology.
Teaching and learning Methods
The course includes lectures, seminars and practical exercises. Lectures will outline the taxonomic groups of parasitic organisms on animals to provide an overview of the major groups. Within the various groups of parasites the morphological adaptations and variation in life-cycles will be presented. Focus will not be on immunology and treatment. Through theoretical exercises it is possible for the students to go into depth of a subject using case studies or project orientated studies. The practical exercises aims to provide the student with a "hands on" experience for selected parasites.
Learning Outcome
The aim of the course is to provide the student with a broad introduction to parasites in animals and humans.

Define the concepts of parasitism in animals and humans.
Understand the living conditions that are important for different parasite species to be able to exist within and outside their hosts.
Describe the general classes of parasites; recognise their morphology, describe their life cycle, their general biology, course of infection, basic pathogenesis and epidemiology.

Students will obtain basic skills in using parasitological tools to identify parasites in different systematic groups.
Identify parasites from different systematic groups by use of a range an diagnostic tools.

Students will obtain knowledge of important parasites in animals and humans. Is aware of pathogenic effects of parasites on their hosts and the problems in relation to animal and human welfare.
Course Literature
Foundations of Parasitology, L. S. Roberts and J. Janovy, 8th edition, 2008.
Course Coordinator
Christian Moliin Outzen Kapel, chk@life.ku.dk, Department of Agriculture and Ecology/Section of Zoology, Phone: 353-32690
Mohammad M Al-Sabi, nafi@life.ku.dk, Department of Agriculture and Ecology/Section of Zoology, Phone: 35332672
Jørn Grønvold, jrg@life.ku.dk, Department of Ecology/Section of Zoology, Phone:
Allan Knud Roepstorff, aro@life.ku.dk, Department of Veterinary Disease Biology/PSU - Parasitology, Health and Development, Phone: 353-32746
Study Board
Study Committee V
Work Load
theoretical exercises18