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MICR332 Health Microbiology

Disease mechanisms of key microbial pathogens, including bacteria, protozoa and fungi. Treatment and control of microbial diseases. Role of the human microbiome and commensals in health and disease.

Bacterial, protozoan or fungal infections are major causes of illnesses and deaths in New Zealand and throughout the world. Combating infectious disease requires a detailed knowledge of virulence mechanisms of pathogens, the impact of commensal microbes on these pathogens and strategies to prevent or treat disease. This paper will be of interest to students seeking careers in medical laboratory science, health science, public health or biomedical research.

Paper title Health Microbiology
Paper code MICR332
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
MICR 223
Recommended Preparation
MICR 221
Schedule C
Science
Eligibility
Appropriate for BSc or BBiomedSc students studying Microbiology, Health Sciences, Food Science or Public Health
Contact
keith.ireton@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Convenor: Associate Professor Keith Ireton
Other Lecturers: Dr Xochitl Morgan, Associate Professor Bruce Russell and Dr James Ussher
Paper Structure
Lectures focus on several important microbial pathogens with the goal of answering the following three questions:
  • What are the cellular and molecular mechanisms employed by pathogens to cause disease?
  • How do commensal microorganisms and the human microbiome impact health and disease?
  • What strategies are used to prevent or treat infections?
Assessment:
  • Laboratory report written in the form of a scientific paper (25%)
  • 20-question quiz on the laboratory material (5%)
  • Final exam on the lecture material (70%)
Teaching Arrangements
There are two lectures per week. There are two laboratory sessions per week for four weeks. Students may leave the lab for other commitments, such as lectures, and are able to plan their experiments to fit in with these commitments.
Textbooks
Wilson, BA., Salyers, AA., Whitt, DD. And Winkler ME. 2011, Third edition. Bacterial pathogenesis. A Molecular Approach. American Society for Microbiology.
Course outline
View course outline for MICR 332
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Communication, Critical thinking, Research.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
  • Demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of microbial mechanisms of virulence, the role of commensals in health and disease and approaches used to prevent or treat infectious diseases
  • Exhibit abilities to perform laboratory work with a high degree of competence and to write a well-organised report that effectively communicates data and conclusions

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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
L1 Wednesday 12:00-12:50 28-34, 36-41
Friday 12:00-12:50 28-34, 36-41

Practical

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
P1 Tuesday 14:00-17:50 28-31
Wednesday 09:00-11:50 28-31
Wednesday 13:00-17:50 28-31

Disease mechanisms of key microbial pathogens, including bacteria, protozoa and fungi. Treatment and control of microbial diseases. Role of the human microbiome and commensals in health and disease.

Bacterial, protozoan or fungal infections are major causes of illnesses and deaths in New Zealand and throughout the world. Combating infectious disease requires a detailed knowledge of virulence mechanisms of pathogens, the impact of commensal microbes on these pathogens and strategies to prevent or treat disease. This paper will be of interest to students seeking careers in medical laboratory science, health science, public health or biomedical research.

Paper title Health Microbiology
Paper code MICR332
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.

^ Top of page

Prerequisite
MICR 223
Recommended Preparation
MICR 221
Schedule C
Science
Eligibility
Appropriate for BSc or BBiomedSc students studying Microbiology, Health Sciences, Food Science or Public Health.
Contact
keith.ireton@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Convenor: Associate Professor Keith Ireton
Other Lecturers: Dr Xochitl Morgan, Dr Bruce Russell and Dr James Ussher
Paper Structure
Lectures focus on several important microbial pathogens with the goal of answering the following three questions:
  • What are the cellular and molecular mechanisms employed by pathogens to cause disease?
  • How do commensal microorganisms and the human microbiome impact health and disease?
  • What strategies are used to prevent or treat infections?
Assessment:
  • Laboratory report written in the form of a scientific paper (25%)
  • 20-question quiz on the laboratory material (5%)
  • Final exam on the lecture material (70%)
Teaching Arrangements
There are two lectures per week. There are two laboratory sessions per week for four weeks. Students may leave the lab for other commitments, such as lectures, and are able to plan their experiments to fit in with these commitments.
Textbooks
Wilson, BA., Salyers, AA., Whitt, DD. And Winkler ME. 2011, Third edition. Bacterial pathogenesis. A Molecular Approach. American Society for Microbiology.
Course outline
View course outline for MICR 332
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Communication, Critical thinking, Research.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
  • Demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of microbial mechanisms of virulence, the role of commensals in health and disease and approaches used to prevent or treat infectious diseases
  • Exhibit abilities to perform laboratory work with a high degree of competence and to write a well-organised report that effectively communicates data and conclusions

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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
L1 Wednesday 12:00-12:50 28-34, 36-41
Friday 12:00-12:50 28-34, 36-41

Practical

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
P1 Tuesday 14:00-17:50 28-31
Wednesday 09:00-11:50 28-31
Wednesday 13:00-17:50 28-31