MICRO 2501 - Immunology & Virology II

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2018

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. Students enrolled in this course will attend one or more of Practicals A, B and C. Refer to Current Students Online Enrolment information at www.sciences.adelaide.edu.au for further information.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code MICRO 2501
    Course Immunology & Virology II
    Coordinating Unit School of Biological Sciences
    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 1101/1101ND or BIOLOGY 1401, & BIOLOGY 1201 or BIOLOGY 1202. Alternatively a Pass or higher in ANAT SCI 1102 & ANAT SCI 1103 or equivalent
    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. Students enrolled in this course will attend one or more of Practicals A, B and C. Refer to Current Students Online Enrolment information at www.sciences.adelaide.edu.au for further information.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Christopher Wong

    Dr Mohammed Alsharifi and 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
    The anticipated knowledge, skills and attitude to be developed by the student are:
    1. The basic replication strategies of viruses and the fundamentals of interactions between viruses and the host;
    2. The role and importance of innate and adaptive immunity to host defence against micro-organisms;
    3. The functions and properties of different cell types and organs that comprise the immune system;
    4. The processes involved in immune cell development;
    5. The assembly and expression of antigen receptor molecules during lymphocyte development;
    6. The cellular interactions and activation of immune cells in response to foreign antigen and cytokines;
    7. The generation of immune memory and tolerance;
    8. Antibody structure and how this relates to antibody functions;
    9. The importance of MHC molecules in activation of adaptive immunity;
    10. The complement system & Hypersensitivity reactions
    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)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    1-10
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    This course will be delivered by the following means:
    27 lectures
    8 tutorials 
    4x 4 hours of laboratory
    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 Percentage of Total Assessment for Grading Purposes Learning Outcome
    Practicals Summative 20%
    Tutorials Formative and Summative 20%
    Mid-Term Test Summative 20%
    End of Semester Exam Summative 40%
    Assessment Detail

    The assessment methods used for this course are designed to address a number of the B. Sciences graduate attributes. The indicators provided were reviewed and where appropriate incorporated into the following assessment components, which are:

     

    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 School of Molecular and Biomedical Science. Refer to Current Students Online Enrolment information at www.sciences.adelaide.edu.au for further information.

     

    Tutorials (20%)

    The tutorials are designed as both summative and formative assessments.

    The summative assessment is an MCQ/SAQ test held during the first 10 min of the tutorial. Then for the remaining 40 min, students will discuss tutorial questions (released the week before) pertaining to concepts taught in preceeding lectures (formative assessment).

    Of 8 tutorials that students will be attending, 6 will be assessed and the best 5 will be taken into account in the final mark. The remaining 2 tutorials will be non-assessed revision tutorials.

     

    Mid-Term Test (20%)

    This is a 50 min summative assessment that will be held during a nominated lecture time slot. Students will be tested on their knowledge and understanding of concepts taught in Virology and Immunology. The assessment will be marked and returned to the the students as feedback.

     

    End of semester examination (40%)

    This is a 2 h summative assessment which comprehensively tests the learning outcomes of the Immunology and Virology component of the course. Students will be tested on their knowledge and understanding of the content taught since the beginning of this course.

    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.

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