- Code BIOL3141
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by Biology Teaching and Learning Centre
- ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
- Course subject Biology
- Areas of interest Cell and Molecular Biology, Immunology and Microbiology, Biomedical Science
See https://www.anu.edu.au/covid-19-advice. In Sem 1 2022, this course is delivered on campus with adjustments for remote participants.
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, and 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), and determinants of viral virulence.
Honours Pathway Option (HPO)
An honours pathway option may be offered this year. The HPO typically involves participation in a journal club analysing and presenting recent advances in immunology. Demonstrations of advanced viral immunology techniques may also be replaced by practical exercises. If offered, the HPO provides an opportunity to develop more complex interpretive skills and will provide an extension of the theory taught in the course.
In the assessment: an oral presentation replaces one laboratory report.
Entry to the HPO is subject to a quota, and will be determined based on grades obtained in the prerequisite subject, BIOL2142.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Understand basic concepts in immunology, virology and microbiology.
- Be able to apply this knowledge in both scientific and general settings.
- Obtain laboratory skills in microbiology, immunology and virology.
- Be able to source, understand and evaluate published literature relating to immunology, virology and microbiology.
- Be able to analyse and interpret laboratory results, relate them to the published literature and write them up clearly and concisely.
- Laboratory reports, practical test, and/or oral presentation. (40) [LO 2,3,4,5]
- Written examination. (60) [LO 1,2]
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The expected workload will consist of approximately 130 hours throughout the semester including:
- Face-to face component which may consist of 2 x 1 hour lectures per week (total 24 hours). Up to 33 hours of practical or tutorial sessions throughout the semester.
- Approximately 73 hours of self-study which will include preparation for lectures, reports and other assessment tasks.
Students are expected to actively participate and contribute towards discussions.
Requisite and Incompatibility
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