UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

MICR2209 Introduction to Infectious Diseases and Immunology

Credit 6 points
  Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 2QEII Medical CentreFace to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 core unit in the Microbiology and Immunology major sequence
  • Level 2 complementary unit in the Pathology and Laboratory Medicine major sequence
  • Category B broadening unit for Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Design students
  • Level 2 elective
Content This unit concerns the role and activity of microbes as agents of infectious disease, the way in which the host's immune response deals with infectious agents and how it can be exploited to elicit protection against these agents, investigates disease transmission and spread, and considers applications of a knowledge of infectious disease and immunology, including identification and diagnosis. The unit introduces essential knowledge and principles in the fields of infectious disease, immunology and epidemiology, and provides a foundation for more advanced studies in these disciplines.
Outcomes Students acquire a sound understanding of (1) the diversity of disease-causing microbes (bacteria, viruses, fungi and protozoans); (2) the major diseases they cause; (3) the environmental factors that influence the occurrence, transmission and spread of the microbes involved; (4) the epidemiological factors determining the occurrence of disease; and (5) the responses of the immune system to infection. Students are able to distinguish these groups of microbes, have an understanding of the tools used in pathogen detection and identification, and understand the basis of chemical disease control. The unit provides the foundation for more detailed studies of infectious disease-causing microbes and immunology, introduced in Level 3.
Assessment Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s) Professor Barbara Chang
Unit rules
Prerequisites: SCIE1106 Molecular Biology of the Cell and one of BIOL1130 Frontiers in Biology (formerly BIOL1130 Core Concepts in Biology); ANHB1101 Human Biology I: Becoming Human; ANHB1102 Human Biology II: Being Human
Advisable prior study: MICR2208 Introductory Microbiology
Incompatibility: for pre-2012 courses: MICR2205 General and Applied Microbiology
Contact hours lectures: 2–3 hours per week; tutorials/labs: 2–3 hours per week
Unit Outlinehttp://www.unitoutlines.meddent.uwa.edu.au/Units/MICR2209/SEM-2/2017

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