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Unit Overview


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.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2QEII Medical CentreFace to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 core unit in the Microbiology and Immunology; Human Sciences (Anatomy and Physiology) major sequences
  • Level 2 elective

Students are able to (1) describe the diversity of disease-causing microbes and the major diseases they cause; (2) describe environmental factors that influence the occurrence, transmission and spread of microbes; (3) describe the responses of the immune system to infection; (4) understand tools used in pathogen detection and identification; (5) understand the basis of chemical disease control; and (6) obtain a foundation for more detailed studies of infectious disease-causing microbes and immunology.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) online quiz assessment; (2) mid-semester test; and (3) final examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Calila Santos
Unit rules
SCIE1106 Molecular Biology of the Cell
or SCIX1106 Molecular Biology of the Cell
and one Of
BIOL1130 Frontiers in Biology (ID 1254) (formerly BIOL1130 Core Concepts in Biology).
, ANHB1101 Human Biology I: Becoming Human
, ANHX1101 Human Biology 1 (Becoming Human)
, ANHB1102 Human Biology II: Being Human
, ANHX1102 Human Biology 2 (Being Human)
IMED1001 Form and Function
and IMED1002 The Facts of Life
for pre-2012 courses: MICR2205 General and Applied Microbiology
Advisable prior study
MICR2208 Introductory Microbiology
Contact hours
lectures: 2–3 hours per week
tutorials/labs: 2–3 hours per week
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  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.