BIOMD303-22A (HAM)

Infection and Immunity

15 Points

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Division of Health Engineering Computing & Science
Te Huataki Waiora - School of Health

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Paper Description

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This paper will provide students with an advanced understanding of the immune system and the types of innate and adaptive responses it can generate to combat a range of infectious organisms, including viruses, bacteria, fungi, and parasites. The paper will also introduce the wide variety of mechanisms that pathogens have developed to evade the immune system. Students will be introduced to current and emerging diagnostic and treatment strategies for the treatment of infection and disease.

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Paper Structure

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BIOMD303 will be run differently to most traditional papers. In place of regular lectures, there will be two tutorials and one workshop each week (one hour per class). These are designed to be interactive and in the case of the workshops there will be some preparation required before class. While the tutorials will be recorded by Panopto, and every effort will be made to accommodate those requiring zoom access to workshop classes, it is important to attend in person (COVID-19 permitting) to get the most value from the course.

A practical laboratory component will also run in parallel with the classes with a three-hour session once every two weeks starting in the second week of class. There will be three ‘wet-lab’ exercises, two computer-based exercises, and one fieldtrip to a working medical testing facility at the Waikato DHB.

Important note for international students: For international students in New Zealand under student visas, regular attendance is part of your visa obligation and is checked as a requirement on the University under the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students, to which the University is a signatory. Academic staff are formally required to monitor attendance in classes and submission of compulsory assessment events/items and to report to Waikato International in the event that any problem with irregular attendance or non-submission is not resolved.

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the paper should be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of how the innate and adaptive immune system fights infections
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  • Explain key mechanisms that infectious organisms use to cause disease and evade immunity
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  • Apply knowledge of both immune system function and pathogen biology to the diagnosis of infections
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  • Understand the interventions available for the control and prevention of infections, such as strategies for the design and use of vaccines and gene therapy
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  • Use practical techniques required in modern immunology and disease diagnostics
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Assessment

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The dates indicated for assessment procedures will normally be adhered to. Any changes to the dates will be made in consultation with the class at least one week prior to the original date. Attendance of the laboratory sessions are an essential element of the course and must be completed in order to pass the course. Medical certificates must be presented for any test and/or laboratory missed.
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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 60:40. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 40% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 60:40 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 40% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Moodle Quizzes
15
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
2. Group Presentation
3 May 2022
4:00 PM
5
  • In Class: In Workshop
3. Group Presentation Write-up
13 May 2022
5:00 PM
10
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
4. Moodle Pre-lab Quizzes
10
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
5. Lab Assessments
20
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
6. Exam
40
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Required Readings

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There is no required text for this course but course information will be taken from the textbooks below.
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Recommended Readings

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There are two highly recommended texts for the course:

Janeway's Immunobiology 9th edition by Murphy and Weaver (2016), although older second-hand editions (7th and 8th) are available and are also suitable. This is an exceptionally comprehensive and well-illustrated resource for those likely to continue in the field of immunology.

Mims’ Medical Microbiology and Immunology 6th edition by Goering et al., (2018). Covers immunology but also has a strong focus on pathogen biology and pathogenicity.

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Online Support

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This paper has a Moodle page (http://elearn.waikato.ac.nz) where you will be able to access pdfs of lecture notes and powerpoints, lecture recordings, and assessment materials. There are also discussion forums where you can both ask and answer questions.

PLEASE NOTE: Moodle will be used for class notices etc and it is your responsibility to check the site regularly. Instructions provided on Moodle and in lectures are considered to be given to the class as a whole.

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Workload

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This paper has three to six contact hours per week and approximately four hours of additional preparative study or assessment outside of scheduled classes.

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Linkages to Other Papers

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BIOMD303 is a core paper required for the BHealth in Poutū-mārō Biomedical Sciences degree.

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Prerequisite(s)

Prerequisites: BIOMO203 or BIOL241 and BIOMO204 or BIOL235

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