Subject Descriptions - Subject Information

Calendar: 2017 Undergraduate
Faculty: Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health
Department: School of Biological Sciences

Subject Information
Subject Code BIOL321
Subject Name Infection and Immunity
Credit Points 8
Pre-Requisites BIOL320
Co-Requisites Nil
Restrictions Nil
Equivalence Nil
Assessment Practical Project Report 1 (antimicrobials) 10%; Written Assignment 15%; Practical Project Report 2 (antibody project) 15%; Practical Workbook 10%; Final Theory Exam 50%.
General Subject Yes.
EFTSL (Non Weighted) 0.167
Non Weighted Student Contribution Amounts
Commonwealth Supported (HECS) Students Only
Pre-1997 Pre-2005 Post-2005 Post-2008 Post-2009 Post-2010
$ 1511  $ 1511  $ 1511  $ 1511  $ 1511  $ 1511 
Weighted Student Contribution Amounts
Commonwealth Supported (HECS) Students Only
1771-Bachelor of Laws (Honours) (Direct Entry)
1777-Bachelor of Laws (Direct Entry)
1827-Bachelor of International Studies - Bachelor of Laws
1845-Bachelor of Information Technology - Bachelor of Laws
1852-Bachelor of Business Information Systems - Bachelor of Laws
329-Bachelor of Economics and Finance-Bachelor of Laws
336-Bachelor of Science (Psychology) - Bachelor of Laws
340-Bachelor of Arts - Bachelor of Laws
351-Bachelor of Laws (Honours)
760-Bachelor of Communication and Media Studies - Bachelor of Laws
770-Bachelor of Laws (Graduate Entry)
771-Bachelor of Arts - Bachelor of Laws
771H-Bachelor of Arts - Bachelor of Laws
772-Bachelor of Creative Arts - Bachelor of Laws
773-Bachelor of Commerce - Bachelor of Laws
774-Bachelor of Mathematics - Bachelor of Laws
775-Bachelor of Science - Bachelor of Laws
775H-Bachelor of Science - Bachelor of Laws
775M-Course information not Found
779-Bachelor of Engineering - Bachelor of Laws
858-Bachelor of Journalism - Bachelor of Laws
Work Experience No
Tutorial Enrolment Information Practicals begin in Week 1.

Subject Availability
Session Spring  (24-07-2017 to 16-11-2017)
Campus Wollongong
Delivery Method On Campus
Instance Name Class 1
Course Restrictions No restrictions
Contact Hours 2 hrs Lectures, 4 hrs Tutorials/Practicals
Lecturer(s) and
Cons. times
Mark Wilson
Ronald Sluyter
Tracey Kuit
Coordinator(s) and
Cons. times
Jody Gorman
Instance Comment  
Census Date 31-08-2017

Subject Description
This is a third year (senior) undergraduate subject intended to provide students in the BSc and BMedBiotech degrees with an understanding of leading edge aspects of microbial pathogens, the immune system, and the ways in which the immune system defends the body against pathogens. It extends understanding gained during BIOL320 (Molecular Cell Biology) and is a specified "core" subject for the BMedBiotech degree. This subject will survey the major groups of microbial pathogens before examining the multiple facets of the immune system in humans. The interactions between pathogens and the immune system will be explored, both in theory and as an integrated part of the practical exercises. Technological advances in immunology and immunochemistry that have made major impacts on modern biotechnology will also be studied, including monoclonal and "humanized" antibodies, and recombinant vaccines.

Subject Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this subject, students will be able to:
1. Discuss many of the theoretical principles underlying microbial pathology and cellular and molecular immunology;
2. Describe the nature and detail of interactions between microbial pathogens and the immune system;
3. Discuss and apply a variety of microbiological and immunological techniques;
4. Demonstrate a respect for animals, and an understanding of the importance of appropriate controls when designing immunological experiments;
5. Demonstrate ability to work in a group towards a common goal.

Extra Information
Generic Extra Information:
NOTE: The use of animals, animal tissues or animal-derived products (such as sera) is inherent and unavoidable, in order to achieve specific learning objectives. Students with conscientious objections to that use should not enrol in this subject. Practical classes begin in Week 1.

Textbook Information
“Alcamo’s Fundamentals of Microbiology” (2010) by J.C. Pommerville (9th Edition)
Text book information is available via the UniShop website:

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