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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|
|Teaching period||Semester 1 (On campus)|
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$1,371.61|
|International Tuition Fees||Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.|
- 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.
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- Teaching staff
Other Lecturers: Other Microbiology and Immunology Academic Staff.
- Paper Structure
Tutorial-only format. Four 3-week modules.
In 2021 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
- 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