701-1471-00L  Ecological Parasitology

SemesterAutumn Semester 2023
LecturersF. Feijen, J. Jokela, C. Vorburger
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionEnglish
CommentA minimum of 6 students is required that the course will take place.


701-1471-00 VEcological Parasitology Special students and auditors need a special permission from the lecturers.
The lecture takes place irregularly.
14s hrs
Tue08:15-10:00CHN G 46 »
F. Feijen, J. Jokela, C. Vorburger
701-1471-00 PEcological Parasitology Special students and auditors need a special permission from the lecturers.
Blockkurs, EAWAG Dübendorf
Zeit: 08:15 - 12:00
12s hrs
03.10.08:00-12:00EAW A G »
17.10.08:00-12:00EAW A G »
07.11.08:00-12:00EAW A G »
J. Jokela, C. Vorburger

Catalogue data

AbstractCourse focuses on the ecology and evolution of macroparasites and their hosts. Through lectures and practical work, students learn about diversity and natural history of parasites, adaptations of parasites, ecology of host-parasite interactions, applied parasitology, and human macroparasites in the modern world.
Objective1. Identify common macroparasites in invertebrates.
2. Understand ecological and evolutionary processes in host-parasite interactions.
3. Conduct parasitological research
1. Diversity and natural history of parasites (i.e. systematic groups and life-cycles).
2. Adaptations of parasites (e.g. evolution of life-cycles, host manipulation).
3. Ecology of host-parasite interactions (e.g. parasite communities, effects of environmental changes).
4. Ecology and evolution of parasitoids and their applications in biocontrol
5. Human macroparasites (schistosomiasis, malaria).

Practical exercises:
1. Examination of parasites in molluscs (identification and examination of host exploitation strategies).
2. Examination of parasites in amphipods (identification and examination of effects on hosts).
3. Examination of parasitoids of aphids.
Prerequisites / NoticeThe three practicals will take place at the 03.10.2023, the 17.10.2023 and the 07.11.2023 at Eawag Dübendorf from 08:15 - 12:00. Note that each practical takes 2 hours longer than the weekly lecture.
Subject-specific CompetenciesConcepts and Theoriesassessed
Techniques and Technologiesassessed
Method-specific CompetenciesAnalytical Competenciesassessed
Media and Digital Technologiesassessed
Project Managementassessed
Social CompetenciesCommunicationassessed
Cooperation and Teamworkassessed
Leadership and Responsibilityfostered
Self-presentation and Social Influence fostered
Sensitivity to Diversityfostered
Personal CompetenciesAdaptability and Flexibilityfostered
Creative Thinkingassessed
Critical Thinkingassessed
Integrity and Work Ethicsfostered
Self-awareness and Self-reflection fostered
Self-direction and Self-management assessed

Performance assessment

Performance assessment information (valid until the course unit is held again)
Performance assessment as a semester course
ECTS credits3 credits
ExaminersF. Feijen, J. Jokela, C. Vorburger
Typeend-of-semester examination
Language of examinationEnglish
RepetitionA repetition date will be offered in the first two weeks of the semester immediately consecutive.
Mode of examinationwritten 60 minutes
Additional information on mode of examinationOne fourth of the grade is based on the quality of the compulsory poster prepared using the data from the practicals
Written aidsNone

Learning materials

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Only public learning materials are listed.


No information on groups available.


General : Special students and auditors need a special permission from the lecturers
Places20 at the most
Waiting listuntil 29.09.2023

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