• Offered by Biology Teaching and Learning Centre
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Biology
  • Areas of interest Cell and Molecular Biology, Immunology and Microbiology, Biomedical Science
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Aude Fahrer
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in First Semester 2015
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Course Description: This course will investigate host responses to microbial infections: 

  • Innate reactions including the complement system, and phagocytic cells
  • Adaptive immunity including clonal selection theory
  • Antibodies
  • Roles of B and T lymphocytes
  • Antigens and antigen presentation
  • Molecular genetics of antigen receptors
  • Bacterial diseases, focussing on molecular explanations of pathogenesis and virulence of selected pathogens and toxins.
  • Viruses and viral infections with an emphasis on replication strategies
  • Host and tissue specificity
  • Effects of viruses on cells (cell death, transformation, latency)
  • Determinants of viral virulence.

Note: Graduate students attend joint classes with undergraduates but will be assessed separately.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

On satisfying the requirements of this course, students will:

1. Understand basic concepts in immunology, virology and microbiology.
2. Be able to apply this knowledge in both scientific and general settings.
3. Obtain laboratory skills in microbiology, immunology and virology.
4. Be able to source, understand and critically evaluate published literature relating to immunology, virology and microbiology.
5. Be able to analyse and interpret laboratory results, relate them to the published literature and write them up clearly and concisely.
6. Be able to give a competent oral presentation involving an in-depth discussion of a prepared topic.

Other Information

The Biology Teaching and Learning Centre is located in Building 116. Alternatively you can email rsb.studentadmin@anu.edu.au to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

Indicative Assessment

Assessment will be based on:

  • Laboratory reports demonstrating: an understanding of concepts; analysis and interpretation of results; relation to published literture; and an ability to write clearly and concisely (40%; LO 2,3,4,5).
  • Seminar presentation on a topic to be decided in consultation with the convenor (15%; LO 1,2,4,6)
  • Written examination (45%; LO 1,2)

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An average of 2 lectures plus one 3 hour practical each week.

Requisite and Incompatibility

You are not able to enrol in this course if you have completed BIOL3141

You will need to contact the Biology Teaching and Learning Centre to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

Prescribed Texts

There is no prescribed text, only recommended texts below.

Recommended texts:

  • Janeway's Immunobiology, Murphy K. Garland Science, 8th edition 2012.
  • Mim's Medical Microbiology, Goering R.V. et al Elsevier/Saunders, 5th edition 2013.
  • Basic Virology, Wagner E.K. and Hewlett, M.J. Blackwell publishing, 3rd edition 2007.

Assumed Knowledge

To enrol in BIOL6141 students are required to have completed a course in theoretical and practical microbiology at undergraduate level or above; practical skills in culturing microbes are required for the safe and successful completion BIOL6141.


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $3096
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $4146
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

ANU utilises MyTimetable to enable students to view the timetable for their enrolled courses, browse, then self-allocate to small teaching activities / tutorials so they can better plan their time. Find out more on the Timetable webpage.

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
1628 16 Feb 2015 06 Mar 2015 31 Mar 2015 29 May 2015 In Person N/A

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