MICR5842 Principles of Infection and Immunity

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Content
This unit consists of lectures and tutorials covering the most clinically important bacterial, viral, fungal and parasitic pathogens, their diagnosis and control, as well as an introduction to immunology. Practical classes demonstrate common bacterial pathogens, laboratory techniques and the role of the diagnostic laboratory.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) explain the features of micro-organisms; (2) discuss the features of microbial pathogenesis; (3) explain the chemotherapy of bacterial, viral, fungal and parasitic infection; (4) describe the role of the diagnostic laboratory in the management of infectious diseases; (5) explain how innate and adaptive immunity protect the host against infectious diseases; and (6) perform basic laboratory skills and discuss practices and policies for the prevention of infectious diseases.
Assessment
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: this comprises a multiple-choice examination during the semester (25 per cent), laboratory worksheets (12 per cent) and a two-hour end-of-semester examination (63 per cent). Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is available for those students who obtain a mark of 45 to 49 inclusive in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Allison Imrie
Unit rules
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Graduate Diploma in Infectious Diseases;
or
Master of Infectious Diseases
Contact hours
lectures/Practical Classes: 4 hours per week; labs/demonstrations: 2 hours per week
Texts

Bannister, B. A. et al. Infection: Microbiology and Management, 3rd edn: Blackwell Science 2006

Humphreys, H. and Irving, W. L. Problem-oriented Clinical Microbiology and Infection, 2nd edn: OUP 2004

Murray, P. R. et al. Medical Microbiology, 6th edn: Elsevier 2009. Useful pre-reading: ch 2, pp. 9–21

Roitt, I. et al. Immunology, 7th edn: Mosby 2006

Therapeutic Guidelines: Antibiotic, Version 14: 2010 (available from www.tg.com.au)

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