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PHCY219 Microbiology and Immunology (for BPharm)

Introduction to bacteria, viruses and eukaryotic microbes, the normal microbiota and infectious diseases. Immunity to infection. Preservation of medicinal formulations and contamination control. Recombinant DNA technology and pharmaceutical biotechnology.

The study of microbiology and immunology is essential to the pharmaceutical industry.

Paper title Microbiology and Immunology (for BPharm)
Paper code PHCY219
Subject Pharmacy
EFTS 0.0950
Points 12 points
Teaching period Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $745.37
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,467.50

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MICR 221
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Teaching staff
Convenor: Dr Judith Bateup
Other Lecturers: Associate Professor Keith Ireton, Professor Andy Mercer, Dr Bruce Russell, Dr Robin Simmonds, Associate Professor Alex McLellan and Dr Roslyn Kemp
Paper Structure
Lectures will focus on:
  • Microbial growth and control
  • Microbial disease agents
  • Epidemiology and infection
  • Pharmaceutical biotechnology
  • Immunology
  • Lecture test 15%
  • Laboratory test 15%
  • 3-hour final exam 70%
Teaching Arrangements
36 lectures and five 2-hour laboratory sessions
Essential: Prescott's Microbiology by Wiley, Sherwood and Woolverton, 9th edition, 2014, McGraw-Hill Publishers
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Lifelong learning, Communication, Critical thinking, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete the paper will
  • Be able to demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of microbiology and immunology specific to the pharmaceutical industry
  • Display a practical knowledge of fundamental microbiology and to be able to use this knowledge for applications in the workplace
  • Develop an enhanced ability to communicate ideas about science to a lay and specialised audience

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Second Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Monday 11:00-11:50 28-34, 36-40
B1 Wednesday 11:00-11:50 28-34, 36-40
C1 Friday 11:00-11:50 28-34, 36-40


Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
A1 Tuesday 09:00-10:50 33-34, 36-38
A2 Thursday 09:00-10:50 33-34, 36-38