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Unit Overview


This unit is an integral component of the Biomedical Science major. Students learn about the aetiology, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of infectious disease caused by bacteria, viruses, parasites, fungi and protozoa. They learn the nature of the major microbial pathogens and the diseases they cause, the ways in which the diagnostic laboratory assists in their diagnosis, the chemotherapeutic agents used in the treatment of these diseases and aspects of preventing infectious diseases. The unit provides a foundation of immunological knowledge sufficient to understand how the host deals with infectious agents, and how these interactions may be exploited therapeutically. The unit and the major in Biomedical Sciences are useful for any student interested in a career in the biomedical or clinical sciences including medicine, dentistry, podiatry and biomedical research.

6 points
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 elective

Students are able to (1) explain basic features of micro-organisms; (2) discuss the pathogenesis of infectious disease; (3) explain the chemotherapy of bacterial, viral, fungal and parasitic infection; (4) describe the role of the diagnostic laboratory in assisting the management of infectious disease; (5) describe and correctly perform basic laboratory skills; (6) discuss practices and policies for infectious disease prevention; (7) discuss the role of immunisation as a public health measure; and (8) explain the basic features of the immune system, describe the way in which innate and adaptive immunity protect the host against infectious disease, and describe clinical presentation and sequelae of infection in each body system through examples in the form of case studies.


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

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Kate Hammer
Unit rules
MICR2209 Introduction to Infectious Diseases and Immunology.
and Biomedical Science major Level 2 units
MICR3310 Applied and Environmental Microbiology, MICR3320 Viruses and Viral Disease, MICR3330 Bacteria and Bacterial Disease, MICR3340 Immunity and Infection, MICR3302 Infection and Immunity, MICR3301 General 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.