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MELS221 Microbes to Medicine (for BMLSc)

Fundamental concepts in microbiology, building from the characteristics of microorganisms, through the handling and containment of microorganisms, to medical microbiology and immunology.

Microbes are essential to our lives. Microbiology and Immunology has a major influence on human health, industry, biotechnology and food production. MELS 221 covers the fundamental concepts in microbiology, building from the characteristics of microorganisms, through the handling and containment of microorganisms, to medical microbiology and immunology.

Paper title Microbes to Medicine (for BMLSc)
Paper code MELS221
Subject Medical Laboratory Science
EFTS 0.1425
Points 18 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,118.06
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $5,016.00

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Restriction
MICR 221
Limited to
BMLSc
Eligibility
This paper is restricted to BMLSc students.
Paper Structure
The paper is made up of the following key modules:
  • Bacterial powerhouses
  • Microbial growth and control
  • Medical microbiology
  • Immunology
  • Virology
Assessment:
  • Lecture test 15%
  • Laboratory test 15%
  • 3-hour final exam 70%
Contact
Dr Judith Bateup, convenor of MELS221: judith.bateup@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Convenor: Dr Judith Bateup
Lecturers: Professor Greg Cook, Associate Professor Keith Ireton, Associate Professor Alex McLellan, Dr Matloob Husain and Professor Andy Mercer
Teaching Arrangements
32 lectures and six 4-hour laboratory sessions
Textbooks
Essential: Prescott's Microbiology by Wiley, Sherwood and Woolverton, 9th edition, 2014, McGraw-Hill Publishers

Recommended: Kuby Immunology, published by Palgrave Macmillan. 7th edition, 2013
Course outline
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Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Lifelong learning, Communication, Critical thinking, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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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 and applied microbiology and 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 workplace
  • Develop an enhanced ability to communicate ideas about science

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Timetable

First Semester

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

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
A1 Monday 11:00-11:50 9-15, 17-22
AND
C1 Wednesday 11:00-11:50 9-15, 17-22
AND
E1 Friday 11:00-11:50 9, 11, 13, 17, 19, 21

Practical

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
P1 Tuesday 14:00-17:50 9, 11, 13, 15, 19, 21