MICR5831 Molecular and Cellular Microbiology Part 1

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth), QEII Medical CentreFace to face
Students must enrol concurrently in parts 1 and 2 of this unit. The unit deals with the molecular and cellular basis of disease caused by infectious agents. Students gain an understanding of the molecular basis of the interactions between microbes and the host, and learn how these interactions result in disease. The unit describes how molecular strategies are used to dissect mechanisms of pathogenesis and immune responses to the pathogen, and how an understanding of such processes is applied to the development of new vaccines and antimicrobials. The unit also includes strong theoretical and practical components dealing with the basis of molecular technologies that are applied in laboratory diagnosis and epidemiology.
Students are able to (1) understand the basic structure and function of bacteria and viruses; (2) understand the theoretical basis of molecular techniques such as polymerase chain reaction (PCR), DNA cloning, sequencing and the expression and purification of recombinant proteins; (3) master the practical application of molecular techniques in the laboratory and understand how such techniques are applied to the investigation of pathogenesis, diagnostics, epidemiology and vaccinology; (4) understand aspects of the molecular basis of bacterial and viral pathogenesis; and (5) understand the basis of innate and adaptive immunity and how they are applied to the development of vaccines against infectious diseases.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) continuous assessment (40 per cent) and (2) a three-hour end-of-semester examination (60 per cent). 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 Charlene Kahler
Unit rules
enrolment in the Master of Infectious Diseases
Contact hours
lectures: 3 hours per week; practical classes/assignments: 5 hours per week
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