MICRO 2501 - Immunology & Virology II

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2024

This course introduces Immunology and Virology and is complementary to Microbiology II and equivalent courses. An integrated approach is used to study the mechanisms by which our immune system deals with pathogens. Topics covered in the Immunology section comprise innate and adaptive immunity, including T and B cell development, cell mediated and humoral immunity; receptors and cytokines; inflammatory responses; tolerance and autoimmunity; immunity to intra- and extra-cellular organisms such as bacteria, viruses and macroparasites. Topics covered in the Virology section include: information on structure, replication and classification of eukaryotic viruses; virus-host interactions; epidemiology of virus infections; virus vaccines, antiviral drugs and viral diagnostics. PRACTICAL COMPONENT worth 20% of the grade: Students enrolled in this course will need to also enrol in a separate course which is the practical component (one of SCIENCE 2200 or SCIENCE 2201 or SCIENCE 2202). To determine which practical to enrol into you are required to read the document on: https://set.adelaide.edu.au/student-support/enrolment#course-information-and-timetabling-resources please scroll down to "Level 2 BIOCHEM, GENETICS, MICRO courses".

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code MICRO 2501
    Course Immunology & Virology II
    Coordinating Unit Molec & Biomedical Science
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 5 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Prerequisites (BIOLOGY 1101, BIOLOGY 1101ND, BIOLOGY 1401 or BIOLOGY 1001) and (BIOLOGY 1201 or BIOLOGY 1202); Alternatively a Pass or higher in ANAT SCI 1102 and ANAT SCI 1103 or equivalent
    Corequisites One of SCIENCE 2200, SCIENCE 2201 or SCIENCE 2202; This co-requisite is the practical component that is worth 20% of your course.
    Incompatible MICRO 2503, MICRO 2505 or MICRO 2000B; or equivalent
    Assumed Knowledge MICRO 2500, MICRO 2502, MICRO 2504, MICRO 2000A or MICRO 2001A
    Course Description This course introduces Immunology and Virology and is complementary to Microbiology II and equivalent courses. An integrated approach is used to study the mechanisms by which our immune system deals with pathogens. Topics covered in the Immunology section comprise innate and adaptive immunity, including T and B cell development, cell mediated and humoral immunity; receptors and cytokines; inflammatory responses; tolerance and autoimmunity; immunity to intra- and extra-cellular organisms such as bacteria, viruses and macroparasites. Topics covered in the Virology section include: information on structure, replication and classification of eukaryotic viruses; virus-host interactions; epidemiology of virus infections; virus vaccines, antiviral drugs and viral diagnostics.

    PRACTICAL COMPONENT worth 20% of the grade:
    Students enrolled in this course will need to also enrol in a separate course which is the practical component (one of SCIENCE 2200 or SCIENCE 2201 or SCIENCE 2202). To determine which practical to enrol into you are required to read the document on:
    https://set.adelaide.edu.au/student-support/enrolment#course-information-and-timetabling-resources
    please scroll down to "Level 2 BIOCHEM, GENETICS, MICRO courses".
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Christopher Wong

    Dr Christopher Wong
    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    At the end of the course, students should achive the following in the field of Virology and Immunology:

    1. Understand how viruses transmit, infect and replicate in different host cells 
    2. Discuss how viral some viral infections are transient or persistent and the disease they cause
    3. Describe how viral infections are controlled and diagnosed
    4. Appreciate the role and importance of innate and adaptive immunity to host defence against micro-organisms
    5. Describe the functions and properties of different immune cells and organs that comprise the immune system
    6. Describe antibody structure and how this relates to antibody functions
    7. Discuss the importance of MHC molecules in activation of adaptive immunity
    8. Describe the assembly and expression of antigen receptor molecules during lymphocyte development
    9. Discuss the cellular interactions and activation of immune cells in response to foreign antigen and cytokines
    10. Describe central and peripheral tolerance in lymphocytes and how failure this process can lead to autoimmunity
    11. Discuss the over-reaction of our immune system to some antigens in hypersensitivity reactions
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    12. Work as a team to develop answers to questions asked on any of the above topics (1-11) during face-to-face tutorials
    13. Conduct experiments to visualise concepts taught in the above topics 1-11
    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)

    Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth

    Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.

    1-11

    Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving

    Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.

    12,13

    Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills

    Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.

    12,13

    Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness

    Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.

    12,13

    Attribute 7: Digital capabilities

    Graduates are well prepared for living, learning and working in a digital society.

    12,13

    Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.

    12,13
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Title: Basic Immunology: Functions and Disorders of the Immune System
    Author(s): Abbas, Licthman and Pillai
    Publisher: Elsiever



    Online Learning
    Teaching materials and course documentation will be posted on the MyUni website (http://myuni.adelaide.edu.au/).
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    This course will be delivered in the following means:

    •  27 x 1 hour lectures
    •  8 x 1 hour tutorials delivered
    •  Practical sessions as required. Practical class contact of 4hr per week for up to five weeks during semester, as required according to the MBS Practical ABC system (see Course Planner for details, under SCIENCE 2200/2201/2202 as required).

    Student learning is further supported by provision of additional questions to help focus independent study during tutorial contact weeks, plus extra resources on MyUni for some topics. Student's revision of key concepts from pre-requisite courses is encouraged and facilitated by provision of material to guide and aid revision on MyUni, plus formative online revision quizzes.
    Workload

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    A student enrolled in a 3 unit course, such as this, should expect to spend, on average 12 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

    No information currently available.

  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment Task Task Type Hurdle Weighting Outcomes Assessed
    Practicals Summative No 20% 1-13
    Tutorials Summative No 20% 1-13
    Internal Tests Summative No 60% 1-11
    Assessment Detail

    The assessment methods used for this course are designed to address a number of the B. Sciences graduate attributes. 

    Practicals (20%)

    Students are required to participate and complete the MBS Practical A/B/C.   Students enrolled in this course will attend one or more of Practicals A, B and C offered by the Department of Molecular and Biomedical Science. Refer to Current Students Online Enrolment information at https://sciences.adelaide.edu.au/study/student-support/enrolment-help

    This summative and formative activity will assist students to develop an understanding of the observational and experimental character of science, to value the close relationship between scientific research and development of new knowledge, develop practical laboratory skills, appreciate the need for experimental design, develop skills to interpret raw experimental data. The practical exercises are designed to develop teamwork, objective criticism and high level numerical and computing skills. The skills to effectively communicate the outcomes in written and oral reports is a significant part. The laboratory exercises will give students opportunity to learn skills made available by new technologies. The practicals include laboratory based exercises, computer based exercises to develop data handling skills, use of online databases and bioinformatics applications, and online journal and abstracting systems for preparation of review style reports. The practicals are assessed by a combination of written reports and oral presentations.
     

    Tutorials (20%)

    All tutorials are compulsory. The aim of tutorials is to develop a student’s knowledge, scientific curiosity for virology and immunology, and an appreciation of the role of both disciplines for society and the environment.

    Students are required to complete online quizzes prior to attending their face-to-face tutorials. The online test which consist of an assortment of questions (brief answer questions, pulldown options and True/False. Students are assessed on lectures covered in the preceeding week. The assessments will be marked and returned to the the students as feedback.


    Students are then required to attend and participate at their nominated face-to-face tutorials.  Students will work in groups to discuss tutorial questions (released the week before) pertaining to concepts taught in preceeding lectures.

     

    Internal Tests (3x 20%)

    There will be 3x 50 min summative assessment that will be held during nominated lecture time slots throughout the semester. Students will be tested on their knowledge and understanding of concepts taught in Virology and/or Immunology.
    The internal tests are paper-based assessments and consist of questions in MCQ and SAQ formats.

    Submission
    Late Submission
    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.
    Course Grading

    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

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

  • Student Feedback

    The University places a high priority on approaches to learning and teaching that enhance the student experience. Feedback is sought from students in a variety of ways including on-going engagement with staff, the use of online discussion boards and the use of Student Experience of Learning and Teaching (SELT) surveys as well as GOS surveys and Program reviews.

    SELTs are an important source of information to inform individual teaching practice, decisions about teaching duties, and course and program curriculum design. They enable the University to assess how effectively its learning environments and teaching practices facilitate student engagement and learning outcomes. Under the current SELT Policy (http://www.adelaide.edu.au/policies/101/) course SELTs are mandated and must be conducted at the conclusion of each term/semester/trimester for every course offering. Feedback on issues raised through course SELT surveys is made available to enrolled students through various resources (e.g. MyUni). In addition aggregated course SELT data is available.

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