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MICR5817 Vaccine & Drug Design & Development

6 points
AvailabilityLocationModeFirst year of offer
Not available in 2021UWA (Perth)Face to face
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.
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.

Supplementary assessment is available for those students who obtain a mark of 45 to 49 inclusive in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Christopher Peacock and Dr Calila Santos
Unit rules
Course Enrolment 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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  • 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.