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MICR221 Microbes to Medicine

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.

Paper title Microbes to Medicine
Paper code MICR221
Subject Microbiology
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,059.15
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,914.00

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Prerequisite
CELS 191 and (CHEM 191 or CHEM 111) and 36 further 100-level points
Restriction
MELS 221, PHCY 219
Recommended Preparation
HUBS 191
Recommended Preparation or Concurrent Study
GENE 221
Schedule C
Science
Eligibility
Appropriate for students majoring in Microbiology and all other biological and health sciences.
Contact
Dr Judith Bateup, convenor of MICR221: judith.bateup@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Convenor: Dr Judith Bateup
Other Lecturers: Professor Greg Cook, Associate Professor Keith Ireton, Associate Professor Alex McLellan, Dr Matloob Husain and Professor Andy Mercer
Paper Structure

Lectures cover the following areas:

  • Bacterial powerhouses
  • Microbial growth and control
  • Medical microbiology
  • Immunology
  • Virology

Assessment:

  • Lecture test 15%
  • Laboratory test 15%
  • 3-hour final exam 70%
Teaching Arrangements
32 lectures and six 4-hour laboratory sessions
Textbooks
Essential: Prescott's Microbiology by Wiley, Sherwood and Woolverton, 10th edition, 2017, McGraw-Hill Publishers

Recommended: Kuby Immunology, published by Palgrave Macmillan. 7th edition, 2013
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Lifelong learning, Communication, Critical thinking, Self-motivation, Teamwork
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

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 9-16, 18-22
AND
C1 Wednesday 11:00-11:50 9-16, 18-22
AND
E1 Friday 11:00-11:50 9, 11, 13, 15, 18, 20

Practical

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
A1 Tuesday 14:00-17:50 10, 12, 14, 16, 19, 21
A2 Wednesday 14:00-17:50 10, 12, 14, 16, 19, 21
A3 Thursday 14:00-17:50 10, 12, 14, 16, 19, 21
A4 Tuesday 14:00-17:50 11, 13, 15, 18, 20, 22
A5 Wednesday 14:00-17:50 11, 13, 15, 18, 20, 22

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

Microbes are all around us, all over us and all over every surface on earth. Microbes compose greater than 50% of life forms on our planet and yet it is estimated that only 1% have been identified and studied. We can’t live without microbes and they benefit our lives immensely.

Many of the microbes that surround us can cause disease and our immune system helps protect us from these microbes. The specialised cells of the immune system work as key defenders, protecting us from infection and disease.

MICR 221 will introduce you to the wonderful world of Microbiology and Immunology. You will learn about the immune system and the key cells and pathways of the immune system and also learn about the world of microbes.

The labs will teach you essential skills in handling and manipulating microorganisms and include looking at the treatment of microbial infections with different pharmaceutical preparations.

MICR 221 is essential if you want to carry on in Microbiology but it is also a useful addition to a wide variety of courses.

Paper title Microbes to Medicine
Paper code MICR221
Subject Microbiology
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for 2020 have not yet been set
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Prerequisite
CELS 191 and (CHEM 191 or 111) and 36 further 100-level points
Restriction
MMELS 221, PHCY 219
Recommended Preparation
HUBS 191
Recommended Preparation or Concurrent Study
GENE 221
Schedule C
Science
Eligibility
Appropriate for students majoring in Microbiology and all other biological and health sciences.
Contact
Dr Judith Bateup, convenor of MICR221: judith.bateup@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff

Convenor: Dr Judith Bateup
Other Lecturers: Associate Professor Keith Ireton, Associate Professor Alex McLellan, Dr Matloob Husain and Dr Kiel Hards

Paper Structure

Lectures cover the following areas:

  • Bacterial powerhouses
  • Microbial growth and control
  • Medical microbiology
  • Immunology
  • Virology

Assessment:

  • Lecture test 15%
  • Laboratory test 15%
  • 3-hour final exam 70%
Teaching Arrangements

31 lectures and six 4-hour laboratory sessions

Textbooks

Essential: Prescott's Microbiology by Wiley, Sherwood and Woolverton. 10th edition, 2017, McGraw-Hill Publishers

Recommended: Kuby Immunology, published by Palgrave Macmillan. 8th edition, 2019

Course outline

View the MICR 221 course outline

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Lifelong learning, Communication, Critical thinking, Self-motivation, Teamwork
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

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, 19-22
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 one stream from
A1 Tuesday 14:00-17:50 10, 12, 14, 17, 19, 21
A2 Tuesday 14:00-17:50 11, 13, 15, 18, 20, 22
A3 Wednesday 14:00-17:50 10, 12, 14, 17, 19, 21
A4 Wednesday 14:00-17:50 11, 13, 15, 18, 20, 22
A5 Thursday 14:00-17:50 10, 12, 14, 17, 19, 21