Human Infection and Immunity 2
Available in 2013
|Callaghan Campus||Semester 1|
Previously offered in 2012
This course provides integrated learning between the areas of microbiology, virology and immunology that builds on the knowledge developed in HUBS2601. Students will study advanced topics in microbiology: bacterial and viral pathogenesis, molecular methods of diagnosis and characterisation, replication strategies, treatment and prevention; and Immunology: haematopoiesis, innate and adaptive (cell-mediated and humoral) responses and autoimmunity.
The course is organised as a series of modules, which include problem based tutorials, lectures and practical classes. This course prepares students for a career in laboratory-based research in the biomedical sciences, particularly in areas that focus on microbial infection, immune mediated defence against infection and immunopathological processes that affect the health of the global community.
|Objectives||The objectives of this course are to provide students with advanced knowledge and understanding of microbiology, virology and immunology.
At the end of this course students will be able to:
1. Describe the pathogenesis of microbial and viral infections and apply this knowledge to any specific infectious disease.
2. Demonstrate knowledge of the utilisation of contemporary biomedical and molecular techniques to diagnose and characterise infectious microbes and in the development of new diagnostics, prevention and treatment strategies for infectious diseases.
3. Describe at an advanced level human immunity and the development of immune responses that are important in the prevention and development of disease.
4. Demonstrate how to research topics, seek out information and solve problems in microbiology and immunology.
5. Demonstrate practical skills necessary to conduct laboratory-based investigations in microbiology and immunology.
6. Analyse, discuss and present laboratory-based data and scientific information in written and oral forms of communication.
|Content||Bacteriology: This is an advanced course in bacteriology that is designed to investigate the high level understanding of host: pathogen relationships, diagnosis and characterisation of infection, vaccination and chemotherapy of infection, using specific examples. At the end of this module students will have an advanced understanding of the important basic and clinical concepts of bacteriology including:
1. Investigation of a specific pathogenic bacterial infection
2. Current concepts in diagnosis and characterisation
3. Vaccination against bacteria
4. Antibiotics and resistance
5. Diagnosis, characterisation, vaccination and treatment of pneumococcal infection
6. Listeria monocytogenes
Virology: The content in this module is designed to provide an overview of the replication strategies employed by different viruses and how they contribute to the mechanisms of viral pathogenesis. Students will then develop an understanding of how this knowledge can be used to develop specific control and treatment strategies against specific viruses that are important in human disease such as retroviruses, positive and negative sense RNA viruses, and small, medium and large sized DNA viruses. This module concludes by covering the antiviral responses, how viruses have adapted to overcome these responses and treatment/prevention strategies employed against viruses based on our knowledge of viral replication and pathogenesis.
Immunology: This module of the course uses the knowledge about microbiology and virology detailed above, and expands on the immunological responses to human infection. Topics include:
1. Immune System Overview
2. Bone Marrow/Haematopoiesis
3. Innate Immune Response
5. T-cell subsets: Asthma, allergy and microRNA
|Replacing Course(s)||Components of HUBS3206 Advanced Human Molecular Science (20 units)|
|Transition||HUBS3206 Advanced Human Molecular Science (20 units) will not be offered from 2012. Repeating students will be required to complete HUBS2209 Human Molecular Science (10 units) and HUBS3602 Human Infection and Immunity 2(10 units) from 2012 onwards.|
|Assumed Knowledge||HUBS2601 Human Infection and Immunity 1 or equivalent.|
|Modes of Delivery||Internal Mode|
|Teaching Methods||Problem Based Learning
|Contact Hours||Lecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 weeks
Laboratory: for 5 hour(s) per Week for 6 weeks
Tutorial: for 2 hour(s) per Week for 6 weeks
|Timetables||2013 Course Timetables for HUBS3602|