MICRO 3202 - Infection and Immunity IIIB (Biomedical Science)
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2015
General Course Information
Course Code MICRO 3202 Course Infection and Immunity IIIB (Biomedical Science) Coordinating Unit School of Biological Sciences Term Semester 2 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 6 Contact Up to 19 hours per fortnight Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N Prerequisites MICRO 2502 & MICRO 2503 or equivalent Incompatible MICRO 3001 Assumed Knowledge MICRO 3102 Restrictions Available to BSc(BiomedSc) students only Course Description This is an advanced course in immunology and virology. The course includes detailed examination of the cellular and molecular biology of the immune system, immune responses to microbial pathogens and other antigenic stimuli and immunisation against infections in humans and animals. Detailed attention will be given to major virus infections and typical host immune responses, the experimental models used to study viruses and antiviral therapies including chemotherapies and vaccination. Topics to be covered include: differentiation and activation of leukocytes; functions of leukocyte subsets; cell biology of antigen processing and presentation; molecular recognition of antigen; molecular and cellular bases of inflammation; signal transduction in immune cells; characteristics and functions of cytokines; mechanisms of immunoregulation; cellular communication and leukocyte traffic through tissues; production and use of monoclonal antibodies; local immunity at mucosal surfaces; immunity to infectious agents, including bacteria, viruses and parasites; inflammatory and autoimmune diseases such as asthma and arthritis; control and prevention of infections; strategies for the design and use of vaccines and gene therapy; important diseases will be considered as specific examples. Viruses to be studied will include examples chosen from those responsible for hepatitis, human immunodeficiency, respiratory and gastrointestinal infections and diseases of the skin and nervous systems.
Course Coordinator: Professor Shaun McColl
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning OutcomesBy completion of this course, students will have:
- Gained an understanding of the molecular and cellular mechanisms that underpin the pathogenesis and control of infections, and the interaction of pathogens with the immune system.
- Gained a body of experimental skills and techniques frequently used in research in immunology and virology, which are fundamental to understanding how research in these disciplines is conducted.
- Developed essential skills in experimental design, techniques and execution, which are relevant to immunology & virology and many other areas of scientific research.
- Developed organisational and time management skills and the capacity for multi-tasking.
- Developed the ability to work in small teams and to communicate and coordinate outcomes with a larger group of colleagues.
University Graduate Attributes
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s) Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1-4 The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 1, 3, 4 An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 1, 2 Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 1, 5 A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 1, 4 A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 1-5 A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 1, 2 An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 1-4
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThis course will be delivered in the following means:
3 x 1 hour lectures per week,
1 x 2 hour tutorials (total of 3 sessions)
3 x 5 hours practical per fortnight Practical sessions of 5 hours on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons in odd weeks and 5 hours in even weeks. Practicals include: wet lab sessions.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.A student enrolled in a 6 unit course, such as this, should expect to spend, on average 24 hours per week on the studies required. This includes both the formal contact time required to the course (e.g., lectures and practicals), as well as non-contact time (e.g., reading and revision).
Learning Activities Summary
The course content will include the following:
Lecture topics to be covered include: differentiation and activation of leukocytes; functions of leukocyte subsets; cell biology of antigen processing and presentation; molecular recognition of antigen; molecular and cellular bases of inflammation; signal transduction in immune cells; characteristics and functions of cytokines; mechanisms of immunoregulation; cellular communication and leukocyte traffic through tissues; production and use of monoclonal antibodies; local immunity at mucosal surfaces; immunity to infectious agents, including bacteria, viruses and parasites; inflammatory and autoimmune diseases such as asthma and arthritis; control and prevention of infections; strategies for the design and use of vaccines and gene therapy; important diseases will be considered as specific examples.
Each student will participate in the presentation of research paper tutorials. Research paper tutorials are compulsory and assessable - all students will be expected to attend and contribute in every session scheduled for their group. In each session, two to three students will present the paper and lead the discussion. Each student will be involved in the presentation of a single paper, but will be expected to participate in the discussion of all other papers.
Practicals will utilise a number of specific experimental protocols to demonstrate important aspects of immunology and virology, including experiments that reinforce the theory aspects of the course, relevant basic and advanced experimental techniques and technologies and basic understanding of the experimental basis of scientific knowledge, including experimental design. The practical course will also instil skills required to address scientific problems in a team environment.
A 2000 word essay that will by written publication and develop skills in scientific inquiry through reading and written interpretation of primary and secondary research literature.
Specific Course RequirementsSafety equipment for practicals: Laboratory coat and protective glasses.
The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:
- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
- Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
- Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
Assessment task Type of assessment Percentage of total assessment for grading
Outcomes being assessed / achieved Approximate Timing of Assessment
laboratory calculations and concept orientation
Formative 0% No 1-3 Weeks
Formative/Summative 7.5% No 2&3 Week
Final laboratory workbook submission Summative 7.5% No 2&3 Week
Practical Exam Summative 10% No 2&3 Week
Essay Summative 15% No 1&4 Mid-semester
Tutorials Summative 10% No 1,
Written examination Summative 45% No 1 Examination
(45% of course grade). One exam will be given to test the capacity to comprehend and integrate knowledge from a broad range of topics relevant to the disciplines of immunology & virology. 1/3 of the marks will be longer essay format 2/3rd of the marks will be short answer or similar questions.
(10% of course grade) Small groups of students will analyse and reflect on key primary research papers relevant to the lecture course, The tutorials assess knowledge of scientific concepts, techniques and technologies, cognitive skills, critical thinking and presentation skills. Assessment will be based on individual performance and participation
(25% of course) Assessment will be by a combination of activities that include one or more of the following:
1) Practical Exam
A series of questions are used to promote reading of the manual and the theory behind the methods and reagents used.
marked twice. This is used to record all experimental work and results. It is used to write the experimental reports.
(15%) Students submit an essay of 2,000 words (maximum) on an allocated topic of relevance to the disciplines of immunology and virology. Students are expected to read widely on the topic and to cover the most up-to-date primary literature.
If an extension is not applied for, or not granted then a penalty for late submission will apply. A penalty of 10% of the value of the assignment for each calendar day that the assignment is late (i.e. weekends count as 2 days), up to a maximum of 50% of the available marks will be applied. This means that an assignment that is 5 days late or more without an approved extension can only receive a maximum of 50% of the marks available for that assignment.
Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:
M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme) Grade Mark Description FNS Fail No Submission F 1-49 Fail P 50-64 Pass C 65-74 Credit D 75-84 Distinction HD 85-100 High Distinction CN Continuing NFE No Formal Examination RP Result Pending
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