Bachelor of Science (BSc)
Second Year Student Information
All students are expected to study the life sciences package in first year.
Passes in both Biology units are prerequisites for second year BSc Microbiology units. 25 points of First year chemistry is not essential but is highly desirable.
Introductory courses in second year cover basic microbiology and immunology and are followed by more specialised courses in the third year.
MIIM20001 Principles of Microbiology & Immunology together with MIIM20002 Microbes, Infections and Responses, are essential pre-requisite second year subjects for students who wish to progress to individual third year subjects in Microbiology and Immunology and the major Microbiology, Infections and Immunology.
How to choose your second year subjects in Microbiology, Infection and Immunology major
Information about the Bachelor of Science degree (BSc)
Dr Karena Waller
This subject introduces students to the excitingly diverse world of microbes and discusses the roles they play not only in causing infectious disease but also in both creating and maintaining life as we know it. Various types of microbes and their basic life processes are described, with the focus mainly on bacteria and viruses. Bacterial genetics and metabolism are explored, with the emphasis on how these areas determine observed behaviours and activities. The components of the immune system are outlined and their interactions and functions described.
A central part of this subject is outlining some of the strategies used by microbes to cause disease, and the counter strategies employed by the immune system to prevent disease. Other ways of controlling microbes, including antibiotics and vaccines are also discussed. The key roles played by microbes and the immune system in medical and biotechnological research is described. This subject provides students intending to specialize in the biological sciences with an understanding of the basic concepts in the disciplines of both Microbiology and Immunology.
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Professor Lorena Brown, Mrs Helen Cain and Dr Odilia Wijburg
This course provides a basis for future courses in Microbiology and Immunology. Microbial life processes and microbial growth, and its control, as well as the mechanisms by which microorganisms initiate infection, and the basis of the host immune response to infection are an integral part of this course. There is an introduction to the ways in which infectious disease can be controlled in individuals and in communities, including the use of antimicrobials and vaccines. Students will also gain an appreciation of basic microbiological techniques and will practise their safe and effective implementation in the context of the clinical setting.
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