Infection, Immunity and Inflammation

MICR 270/3.0

This online course in infection and immunity is designed for students from various biological sciences and allied health backgrounds at all levels of post-secondary education and is recommended as a foundation course for students pursuing a life sciences career. This course focuses on the biology of the immune system in combating infections caused by common pathogens as well as major global infectious disease threats. The unique features of this course lie in its approach of understanding body’s defense mechanisms in combating microbial, autoimmune, immune mediated diseases and cancer. By the end of the course the student will be able to apply the knowledge gained through this course in various areas of life sciences.

Description

This course focuses on the biology of the immune system in combating infections caused by common pathogens as well as major global infectious disease threats. The unique features of this course lie in its approach of understanding body’s defense mechanisms in combating microbial, autoimmune, immune mediated diseases and cancer. By the end of the course the student will be able to apply the knowledge gained through this course in various areas of life sciences.

This proposed online course in immunology is aimed at bridging the gaps in knowledge in the ever-evolving field of infection and immunity in addition to providing a constant update in this sometimes hard to perceive subject. The major strength of this course lies in its trans disciplinary approach in translating the subject knowledge to students from various backgrounds in life sciences. Accessibility to a greater breadth and enriched online resources and multimedia allows the students to achieve a higher level of understanding in the subject by direct interactions with their colleagues/peers and the instructor. This course emphasizes on directed independent learning and allows students to learn at own pace and benefit from peers while seeking answers to their questions. The major advantage lies in students getting more individualized answers to their questions from the instructor as well as through small group-learning activities.

This online course is designed for students from various biological sciences and allied health backgrounds at all levels of post-secondary education and is recommended as a foundation course for students pursuing a life sciences career.

Evaluation

Active Learning Activities25%
Online Midterm25%
Proctored Final Exam50%

Topics

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course the student will be able to define and illustrate:

  • The evolution, structure and organization of human immune system
  • Global health scenario and the major health organizations across the world
  • The unique features of microorganisms/pathogens, that cause infection
  • The innate and adaptive branches of the human immune system and their roles in normal and disease states
  • How the human immune system functions in disease prevention and control
  • How defects in the immune system lead to disease
  • How the knowledge gained through this course can be translated to development of novel therapeutics and vaccines

Topics

Module 1Introduction to Infection and Immunity
Module 2Global Health Scenario
Module 3Orgainiation of the Human Immune Syste
Module 4Innate Immune System
Module 5Adaptive Immune System and Immune Communication
Module 6Immune Response
Module 7Adverse Reactions of the Immune System
Module 8Immune Defects
Module 9Translational Immunology
Module 10Special Topics in Infection and Immunity

Instructor

Dr. Koti is a Veterinarian with PhD in Immunology. Dr. Koti’s current research focuses on delineating immune mediated mechanisms leading to development of chemotherapy resistance in high-grade serous epithelial ovarian cancer. In addition to conducting research in ovarian cancer, she is also involved in teaching various courses in life sciences at Queen’s University as well as developing online courses. Dr. Koti has developed this online course “Infection, Immunity and Inflammation” to acquaint students to the current state of knowledge in this field. Through this course the students will gain a basic understanding of the infectious disease processes and the ways in which the body’s immune system fights against these.

Time Commitment

Students can expect to spend approximately 9-10 hours a week (114 hours per term) in study/practice and online activity for MICR 270.

Course Resources

About SOLUS

SOLUS is Queen’s Student On-Line University System. You’ll have access to a SOLUS account once you become a Queen’s student. You’ll use SOLUS to register for courses, add and drop courses, update your contact information, view financial and academic information, and pay your tuition.

About MOODLE

Moodle is Queen's online learning platform. You'll log into Moodle to access your course. All materials related to your course—notes, readings, videos, recordings, discussion forums, assignments, quizzes, groupwork, tutorials, and help—will be on the Moodle site.

About Credit Units

Queen’s courses are weighted in credit units. A typical one-term course is worth 3.0 units, and a typical two-term course is worth 6.0 units. You combine these units to create your degree. A general (three-year) BA requires a total of 90 credit units.

Computer Requirements

To take an online course, you’ll need a good-quality computer (Windows XP/Vista/7, Pentium III, or Mac OS X 10.5, G4 or G5 processor, 256 MB RAM) with a high-speed internet connection, soundcard, speakers, and microphone, and up-to-date versions of free software (Explorer/Firefox, Java, Flash, Adobe Reader). See also Preparing For Your Course.

Dates/Deadlines

The deadlines for new applications to Queen’s are 1 April (for May summer term), 1 June (for July summer term), 1 August (for fall term), and 1 December (for winter term). All documents must be received by the 15th of the month following the deadline. You can register for a course up to one week after the start of the course. See also Dates and Deadlines.

Tuition Fees

Tuition fees vary depending when you start, your year, faculty, and program. Fees for 2014-15 first-year Distance Career Arts & Science Canadian students are as follows: for a 3.0-unit course, $605.31; for a 6.0-unit course, $1210.62. See also Tuition and Payment.

Grading Scheme

The information below is intended for undergraduate students in the Faculty of Arts and Science. Academic Regulations in other Faculties may differ.

Letter Grade Grade Point
A+4.30
A4.00
A-3.70
B+3.30
B3.00
B-2.70
C+2.30
C2.00
C-1.70
D+1.30
D1.00
D-0.70
F0.00

GPA Calculators
Have your SOLUS grade report handy and then follow the link to the Arts and Science GPA calculators.

How does this affect my academics?
See the GPA and Academic Standing page.

Follow the link above for an explanation of how the GPA system affects such things as the Dean’s Honour List, requirements to graduate, and academic progression.

Frequently Asked Questions on the Grading Scheme
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Campus Bookstore

All textbooks can be purchased at Queen’s Campus Bookstore.

Non-Queen’s Students

All Queen’s Arts and Science Online courses are open to students at other universities. Before applying as a visiting student, request a Letter of Permission from your home university that states that you have permission to take the course and apply it to your degree. See also Apply.

Academic Integrity

Please see Queen’s policy statement on academic integrity for information on how to complete an online course honestly.