Infection and Immunity

University of Otago

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Infection and Immunity

  • Host University

    University of Otago

  • Location

    Dunedin, New Zealand

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    HUBS 191 adn 54 further points

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    The epidemiology and pathogenesis of infectious diseases, the response of the immune system to microbial antigens, and how the response is measured.

    Microbes and their human hosts exist in a delicate balance. The immune system has evolved multiple mechanisms to fight infection by microbial pathogens and maintain homeostasis. On the other hand, infectious organisms have developed ways to evade the immune system. Understanding this intricate host-pathogen interplay requires: a clear understanding of the mechanisms microbes use to infect cells, individuals and communities and an in-depth knowledge of the innate and adaptive immune system at a cellular and molecular level.

    Course Structure
    Lectures address the following issues:
    -How infectious diseases spread and the principles and limitations of antimicrobial therapy
    -The sources of infection and how to prevent disease transmission
    -Microbial virulence mechanisms
    -Innate and adaptive immune responses
    -How to prevent disease through vaccination
    -How to detect infectious disease

    These concepts are further explored in laboratory exercises and through clinical case studies.

    -Semester exam 15% (usually in week 5 of the semester)
    -Laboratory test 15% (usually in week 9 of the semester)
    -3-hour final exam 70%

    Learning Outcomes
    -Be able to demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of microbiology and immunology in preparation for advanced laboratory skills in 300-level and in graduate papers
    -Display a practical knowledge of fundamental microbiology and immunology, with the ability to assimilate complex information on a spectrum of interdisciplinary topics and to use this knowledge for applications in the workplace
    -Develop an ability to communicate ideas about science

    Recommended: Prescott's Microbiology by Wiley, Sherwood and Woolverton, 9th edition, 2014, McGraw-Hill Publishers

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