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Unit Overview


This unit introduces students to the concepts of drug and vaccine development, from the initial stages of searching for candidate drugs and vaccines through to the human clinical trials. Both lecture and practical classes will place a strong emphasis on the methodologies and processes behind successful development of novel drugs and vaccines.

Ethical and safety issues will also be detailed for human stage i to iv clinical trials.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) integrate key knowledge and concepts about the immunobiological basis of vaccination and vaccine development approaches and vaccine components; (2) discuss drug development for infectious diseases, clinical trials and ethical implications, and the role of partnerships in drug development; (3) apply research skills through the critical analysis of reverse vaccinology databases and vaccine and drug trial data; and (4) acquire practical skills in immunological correlates of protection, and pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic assays.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) final exam; (2) within semester test; and (3) data analysis exercise and group work. 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)
Associate Professor Christopher Peacock and Dr Calila Santos
Unit rules
Enrolment in
54540 Master of Infectious Diseases
Advisable prior study
MICR5829 Foundations of Infectious Diseases MICR5830 Principles of Mycology and Parasitology MICR5842 Principles of Infection and Immunity PUBH4403 Epidemiology 1 MICR5832 Diagnostic Medical Microbiology MICR5831 Molecular & Cellular Microbiology MICR5846 Molecular Epidemiology and Microbial Communities
Contact hours
2 x 45 minute lectures per week
4 practical classes of 3 hours
6 tutorials of 2 hours
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  • 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.