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|
|Teaching period||Second Semester|
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$1,038.45|
|International Tuition Fees (NZD)||$4,680.00|
- HUBS 191 and 90 further points
- MELS 223
- Recommended Preparation
- MICR 221
- Schedule C
- Appropriate for students majoring in Microbiology, Immunology, and all Biological and Health Sciences.
- Dr Jo Kirman: firstname.lastname@example.org
- More information link
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- 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
- 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.
- 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
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- Graduate Attributes Emphasised
- Interdisciplinary perspective, Environmental literacy.
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- 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