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)|
|Subject||Medical Laboratory Science|
|Teaching period||Second Semester|
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$1,163.23|
|International Tuition Fees (NZD)||$5,530.14|
- MICR 223
- Limited to
- 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
- 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.
- Prescott's Microbiology by Wiley, Sherwood and Woolverton, 9th edition, 2014, McGraw-Hill Publishers
- Kuby Immunology by Owen, Punt and Stranford, 7th edition, 2013, Macmillan Publishers, or Kuby Immunology by Punt, Stranford, Jones & Owen, 8th edition, 2018, Macmillan Publishers
- Graduate Attributes Emphasised
- Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Communication, Critical thinking,
Cultural understanding, Ethics, Information literacy, Research, 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 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