MICR2209 Introduction to Infectious Diseases and Immunology

6 points
(see Timetable)
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
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Life and Health Sciences
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 2 elective
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.
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.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Barbara Chang
Unit rules
(SCIE1106 Molecular Biology of the Cell
one of BIOL1130 Frontiers in Biology (formerly BIOL1130 Core Concepts in Biology); ANHB1101 Human Biology I: Becoming Human; ANHB1102 Human Biology II: Being Human)
(IMED1001 Form and Function AND IMED1002 The Facts of Life)
Advisable prior study:
MICR2208 Introductory Microbiology
for pre-2012 courses: MICR2205 General and Applied Microbiology
Contact hours
lectures: 2–3 hours per week; tutorials/labs: 2–3 hours per week
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