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 cells and processes of the immune system.
|Paper title||Infection and Immunity|
|Teaching period||Semester 2 (On campus)|
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$1,141.35|
|International Tuition Fees||Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.|
- HUBS 191 and 90 further points
- MELS 223 and PSCI 202
- Recommended Preparation
- MICR 221
- Schedule C
- Appropriate for students majoring in Microbiology, Immunology, and all Biological and Health Sciences.
- More information link
View more information on the Department of Microbiology & Immunology's website
- Teaching staff
Convenor: Associate Professor Jo Kirman
- 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
- Inflammation; Immune systems
- How to prevent disease through vaccination
- How to detect infectious disease
These concepts are further explored in laboratory exercises and through clinical case studies.
- Laboratory and lecture test I 15%
- Laboratory and lecture test II 15%
- 3-hour final exam 70%
- Teaching Arrangements
Thirty-two lectures and six 4-hour laboratory sessions.
Essential: Prescott's Microbiology by Wiley, Sandman and Wood, 11th edition, 2020, McGraw-Hill Publishers.
Recommended: Kuby Immunology, published by Palgrave Macmillan. 8th edition, 2019.
Janeway’s Immunobiology, 8th edition (Immunobiology: The Immune System).
- Graduate Attributes Emphasised
- Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical
thinking, Research, Self-motivation.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
- 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