Infection, Immunity & Inflammation

MICR 270/3.0

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 to understanding the 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.

Learning Outcomes

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


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


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 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.


Winter 2017
Course Dates: 
Jan 9 - Apr 7, 2017
Exam Dates: 
Apr 13 - 27, 2017


Group Activities25%
Online Midterm Quiz25%
Final Proctored Exam50%

**Evaluation Subject to Change**

Final Examination

Students must write their exam on the day and time scheduled by the University. The start time may vary slightly depending on the off-campus exam centre. Do not schedule vacations, appointments, etc., during the exam period.


Professor Madhuri Koti (

Instructor message

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


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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 or BSc requires a total of 90 credit units.

Computer Requirements

To take an online course, you’ll need a high speed internet connection as well as a microphone and speakers to be able to watch videos, hear sounds, and participate in interactive online activities. A webcam is recommended but not necessary.

System Requirements:

  • Laptop or Desktop computer purchased within the last 5 years. (mobile devices are not supported)
  • Windows Vista SP2/Mac OSX 10.9 or higher
  • Up to date versions of Firefox, Internet Explorer or Safari. Please note that Google Chrome is not recommended for use in our courses.
  • Most recent version of Adobe Reader and Adobe Flash

 See also Getting Started.


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Grading Scheme

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

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Tuition Fees

Tuition fees vary depending when you start, your year, faculty, and program. Fees for Fall term 2016 and Winter term 2017 first-year Distance Career Arts & Science Domestic students are as follows: for a 3.0-unit course, $648.40; for a 6.0-unit course, $1296.80. See also Tuition and Fees.

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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

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