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MELS223 Infection and Immunity (for BMLSc)

The epidemiology and pathogenesis of infectious diseases, the response of the immune system to microbial antigens, and how the response is measured.

Microbes and their human hosts exist in a delicate balance. The immune system has evolved multiple mechanisms to fight infection by microbial pathogens and maintain homeostasis. On the other hand, infectious organisms have developed ways to evade the immune system. Understanding this intricate host-pathogen interplay requires a clear understanding of the mechanisms microbes use to infect cells, individuals and communities and an in-depth knowledge of the innate and adative immune system.

Paper title Infection and Immunity (for BMLSc)
Paper code MELS223
Subject Medical Laboratory Science
EFTS 0.1425
Points 18 points
Teaching period Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,118.06
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $5,016.00

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Restriction
MICR 223
Limited to
BMLSc
Contact
admin.mels@otago.ac.nz
jo.kirman@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Convenor: Dr Jo Kirman
Lecturers: Dr Heather Brooks, Dr Roslyn Kemp, Dr Warren McBurney and Dr James Ussher
Paper Structure
Lectures address the following issues:
  • How infectious diseases spread and the principles and limitations of antimicrobial therapy
  • The sources of infection and how to prevent disease transmission
  • Microbial virulence mechanisms
  • Innate and adaptive immune responses
  • How to prevent disease through vaccination
  • How to detect disease
These concepts are further explored in the laboratory and through clinical case studies.
Teaching Arrangements
There are two lectures per week for the first 6 weeks of the second semester. For the remainder of the semester, there are three lectures per week (32 lectures total).

There are six laboratory sessions throughout the semester, divided into three streams to create timetable flexibility for students. The labs are run in weeks 2-4 and 8-10 of the second semester.
Textbooks
Required: Prescott's Microbiology by Wiley, Sherwood and Woolverton, 9th edition, 2014, McGraw-Hill Publishers.

The Medical and Science Libraries have an extensive collection of relevant material.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
  • Be able to demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of microbiology and immunology in preparation for advanced laboratory skills in 300-level and in graduate papers
  • Display a practical knowledge of infectious diseases microbiology and fundamental immunology, with the ability to assimilate complex information on a spectrum of interdisciplinary topics and to be able to use this knowledge for applications in the medical laboratory
  • Develop an enhanced ability to communicate ideas about science

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Timetable

Second Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
C1 Wednesday 11:00-11:50 34, 36-41
AND
D1 Thursday 11:00-11:50 28-34, 36-41
AND
E1 Friday 11:00-11:50 28-34, 36-41

Practical

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
P1 Tuesday 14:00-17:50 29-31, 36-38

The epidemiology and pathogenesis of infectious diseases, the response of the immune system to microbial antigens, and how the response is measured.

Microbes and their human hosts exist in a delicate balance. The immune system has evolved multiple mechanisms to fight infection by microbial pathogens and maintain homeostasis. On the other hand, infectious organisms have developed ways to evade the immune system. Understanding this intricate host-pathogen interplay requires a clear understanding of the mechanisms microbes use to infect cells, individuals and communities and an in-depth knowledge of the innate and adative immune system.

Paper title Infection and Immunity (for BMLSc)
Paper code MELS223
Subject Medical Laboratory Science
EFTS 0.1425
Points 18 points
Teaching period Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for 2018 have not yet been set
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

^ Top of page

Restriction
MICR 223
Limited to
BMLSc
Contact
admin.mels@otago.ac.nz
jo.kirman@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Convenor: Dr Jo Kirman
Lecturers: Dr Heather Brooks, Dr Roslyn Kemp, Dr Warren McBurney and Dr James Ussher
Paper Structure
Lectures address the following issues:
  • How infectious diseases spread and the principles and limitations of antimicrobial therapy
  • The sources of infection and how to prevent disease transmission
  • Microbial virulence mechanisms
  • Innate and adaptive immune responses
  • How to prevent disease through vaccination
  • How to detect disease
These concepts are further explored in the laboratory and through clinical case studies.
Teaching Arrangements
There are two lectures per week for the first 6 weeks of the second semester. For the remainder of the semester, there are three lectures per week (32 lectures total).

There are six laboratory sessions throughout the semester, divided into three streams to create timetable flexibility for students. The labs are run in weeks 2-4 and 8-10 of the second semester.
Textbooks
Required: Prescott's Microbiology by Wiley, Sherwood and Woolverton, 9th edition, 2014, McGraw-Hill Publishers.

The Medical and Science Libraries have an extensive collection of relevant material.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
  • Be able to demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of microbiology and immunology in preparation for advanced laboratory skills in 300-level and in graduate papers
  • Display a practical knowledge of infectious diseases microbiology and fundamental immunology, with the ability to assimilate complex information on a spectrum of interdisciplinary topics and to be able to use this knowledge for applications in the medical laboratory
  • Develop an enhanced ability to communicate ideas about science

^ Top of page

Timetable

Second Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
C1 Wednesday 11:00-11:50 34, 36-41
AND
D1 Thursday 11:00-11:50 28-34, 36-41
AND
E1 Friday 11:00-11:50 28-34, 36-41

Practical

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
P1 Tuesday 14:00-17:50 29-31, 36-38