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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 (On campus)|
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$1,092.15|
|International Tuition Fees (NZD)||$5,314.50|
- 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.
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- Teaching staff
Convenor: Professor Alex McLellan
- 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.
Essential: Prescott's Microbiology by Wiley, Sherwood and Woolverton, 10th edition, 2017, McGraw-Hills Publishers
ORPrescott's Microbiology by Wiley, Sandman and Wood, 11th edition, 2020, McGraw-Hill Publishers
Recommended: Kuby Immunology, published by Palgrave Macmillan. 8th edition, 2019
- Graduate Attributes Emphasised
- Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical
thinking, Research, Self-motivation.
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- Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete this paper will
- 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