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MICR464 Medical Microbiology and Immunology

The immune response is important in protecting the host from infection and cancer. This paper will analyse the interaction between the host immune system, microorganisms, and neoplasia. In particular it will examine the challenge faced by the host, the host's response to infection and cancer, and how we can harness the power of the immune response for treatment and prevention of infectious diseases and cancer.

Paper title Medical Microbiology and Immunology
Paper code MICR464
Subject Microbiology
EFTS 0.1667
Points 20 points
Teaching period Semester 1 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,409.28
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Students who are interested in this paper but are not majoring in Microbiology, Genetics, Biochemistry or Molecular Biotechnology are invited to discuss course content with the department.

Appropriate for BSc(Hons), MSc and PGDipSci students majoring in Microbiology, Genetics, Biochemistry or Molecular Biotechnology.


Teaching staff

Associate Professor Matloob Husain

Other Lecturers: Other Microbiology and Immunology Academic Staff.

Paper Structure

Tutorial-only format. Four 3-week modules.
In 2022 modules reviewed the latest developments in:

  • The role of immunology in severe malaria pathogenesis
  • Antiviral host factors and research tools to identify them
  • Innate Immunological Memory
  • SARS-CoV-2 mRNA vaccines: mode of action and efficacy
Teaching Arrangements
There is one tutorial each week for 2.5 hours. Students will be expected to present and discuss recent scientific papers.

Textbooks are not required for this paper.
Course readings are reviews and original papers from the literature.

Course outline

View course outline for MICR 464

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Communication, Critical thinking, Information literacy, Self-motivation.
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Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this paper will:

  • Be able to demonstrate an understanding of topical issues in medical microbiology and immunology
  • Develop skills in critically evaluating the scientific literature and in experimental design

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Semester 1

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Wednesday 09:00-10:50 9-14, 16-22