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MICR223 Infection and Immunity

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 co-exist in a delicate balance. The immune system has evolved multiple mechanisms to fight infection by disease-causing microbes 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 adaptive immune system at a cellular and molecular level.

Paper title Infection and Immunity
Paper code MICR223
Subject Microbiology
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,018.05
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,500.00

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Prerequisite
HUBS 191 and 54 further points
Restriction
MELS 223
Recommended Preparation
MICR 221
Schedule C
Science
Eligibility
Appropriate for BSc or BBiomedSc students studying Microbiology, Immunology, Health Sciences or Public Health
Contact
Dr Jo Kirman: jo.kirman@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Convenor: Dr Joanna Kirman
Other Lecturers: Dr Xochitl Morgan, Associate Professor Keith Ireton, Dr Warren McBurney, Megan Hall and Dr Sarah Saunderson.
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 infectious disease
These concepts are further explored in laboratory exercises and through clinical case studies.

Assessment:
  • Laboratory and lecture test I 15%
  • Laboratory and lecture test II 15%
  • 3-hour final exam 70%
Teaching Arrangements
32 lectures and six 4-hour laboratory sessions
Textbooks
Recommended: Prescott's Microbiology by Wiley, Sherwood and Woolverton, 9th edition, 2014, McGraw-Hill Publishers and Kuby Immunology by Owen, Punt and Stranford, 7th edition, 2013, Macmillan Publishers
Course outline
View course outline for MICR 223
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Interdisciplinary perspective, Environmental literacy.
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 fundamental microbiology and immunology, with the ability to assimilate complex information on a spectrum of interdisciplinary topics and to use this knowledge for applications in the workplace
  • Develop an 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 one stream from
P1 Tuesday 14:00-17:50 29-31, 36-38
P2 Wednesday 14:00-17:50 29-31, 36-38
P3 Thursday 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 co-exist in a delicate balance. The immune system has evolved multiple mechanisms to fight infection by disease-causing microbes 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 adaptive immune system at a cellular and molecular level.

Paper title Infection and Immunity
Paper code MICR223
Subject Microbiology
EFTS 0.1500
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.

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Prerequisite
HUBS 191 and 90 further points
Restriction
MELS 223
Recommended Preparation
MICR 221
Schedule C
Science
Eligibility
Appropriate for students majoring in Microbiology, Immunology, and all Biological and Health Sciences.
Contact
Dr Jo Kirman: jo.kirman@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Convenor: Dr Joanna Kirman
Other Lecturers: Dr Xochitl Morgan, Associate Professor Keith Ireton, Dr Warren McBurney, Megan Hall, Dr Sarah Saunderson and Associate Professor Roslyn Kemp.
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 infectious disease
These concepts are further explored in laboratory exercises and through clinical case studies.

Assessment:
  • Laboratory and lecture test I 15%
  • Laboratory and lecture test II 15%
  • 3-hour final exam 70%
Teaching Arrangements
32 lectures and six 4-hour laboratory sessions.
Textbooks
Recommended: Prescott's Microbiology by Wiley, Sherwood and Woolverton, 9th edition, 2014, McGraw-Hill Publishers and Kuby Immunology by Owen, Punt and Stranford, 7th edition, 2013, Macmillan Publishers
Course outline
View course outline for MICR 223
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Interdisciplinary perspective, Environmental literacy.
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 fundamental microbiology and immunology, with the ability to assimilate complex information on a spectrum of interdisciplinary topics and to use this knowledge for applications in the workplace
  • Develop an 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 one stream from
P1 Tuesday 14:00-17:50 29-31, 36-38
P2 Wednesday 14:00-17:50 29-31, 36-38
P3 Thursday 14:00-17:50 29-31, 36-38