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2010-2011 Academic Year

Arts and Science Departments, Programs and Courses Microbiology and Immunology Courses of Instruction


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ENROLMENT LIMITATION
All courses in the Department have an enrolment limit. Students meeting the minimum prerequisites are not guaranteed positions. Positions will be assigned to students meeting the minimum prerequisites on a first-come, first-served basis.
AVAILABILITY
The Department of Microbiology and Immunology does not offer all of the courses listed in the Calendar every year. For the most up-to-date information on the availability of courses offered in the current year, check QCARD or consult with the departmental office.
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MICR-121*/0.5 Microbiology for Nursing Students 3L;3P/T
This course provides the student with a foundation in the subdisciplines of bacteriology, virology, parasitology, and immunology. The course is designed to examine common infectious diseases through a body-systems approach. Laboratory and tutorial sessions emphasize diagnostic microbiology.
NOTE Students who have takenMICR 125*or any MICR 200-, 300- or 400-level course may not subsequently or concurrently take MICR 121* for credit.
PREREQUISITE BCHM 102* or equivalent.
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MICR-160*/0.5 Immunology for Today 3L/T
A general course providing insight into the role immunology plays in health and disease. Social and political issues associated with the increasing importance of this field will be discussed. Topics will include vaccines, immune system stimulators, organ transplants, allergies, cancer, AIDS, rheumatoid arthritis and diabetes. Offered in Spring Term only.
NOTE The course has been designed primarily for students in the humanities, social sciences and non-biological sciences. No previous training in science is required.
NOTE Students who have taken MICR 221*, MICR 229*, MICR 360* or MICR 461* may not subsequently or concurrently take MICR 160* for credit.
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MBIO-218*/0.5 Gene Structure and Function (Molecular Biology) 3L;1T alt.wks.
For a complete description, see Biochemistry.
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MICR-221*/0.5 Basic Microbiology 3L;3P alt.wks.
A fundamental study of the structure and growth of microorganisms and viruses. The roles of microbes in aquatic, terrestrial and human environments will be considered.
NOTE Material Fee: estimated cost $30.
PREREQUISITES The average of BIOL 102* and BIOL 103* with a minimum of 65 per cent, or equivalent; CHEM 112 or equivalent.
EXCLUSIONS    MICR 229*.
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MICR-320*/0.5 Microbial Pathogenesis 3L;1T
Knowledge of interactions between bacterial or viral pathogens and their human hosts is crucial for understanding the nature of infectious diseases, as well as their control and treatment.This course examines key microbial pathogens, with the goal of introducing students to the biology, diversity and complexity of host-pathogen relationships. PREREQUISITES MICR 221* or MICR 229*, and MICR 360*.
PREREQUISITE OR COREQUISITE BCHM 310 or BCHM 315* or equivalent or permission of the Department.
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MICR-360*/0.5 Immunology 3L
The general principles and mechanism of immune reaction. Immunochemical and immunobiological aspects of antibody formation and cell-mediated immunity in health and disease will be considered. PREREQUISITE OR COREQUISITE BCHM 310 or BCHM 315* or BIOL 334* (or BIOL 234*) or equivalents or permission of the Department.
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MICR-435*/0.5 Advanced Procaryotic Structure and Function 3L;3P
An in-depth analysis of the genetics, biochemistry, assembly and function of the major structures of the procaryotic cell. Emphasis on the experimental approaches in the current literature. Offered in alternate years to MICR 436*.Offered in 2010-2011. PREREQUISITES MICR 221* or MICR 229* with a minimum grade of 70 per cent;BIOL 205*.
PREREQUISITE OR COREQUISITE BCHM 310 or BCHM 315* or BIOL 334* (or BIOL 234*).
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MICR-436*/0.5 Microbial Genetics 3L;3P
A detailed description of the processes of heredity in bacteria including a discussion of gene structure and evolution, gene expression and its control, the exchange of genetic material in the microbial world and genetic engineering and its applications. The laboratory component will emphasize modern approaches to genetic engineering. Offered in alternate years to MICR 435*.Not offered in 2010-2011. PREREQUISITES BIOL 205*, MICR 221* or MICR 229* with a minimum grade of 75 per cent; and a minimum overall average of 72.5 per cent.
PREREQUISITE OR COREQUISITE BCHM 310* or BCHM 315* or BIOL 334* (or BIOL 234*).
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MICR-450*/0.5 Principles of Molecular Virology 3L;3S
Further study of contemporary virology, using the textbook as a guide to particles, genomes, replication, expression, infection and pathogenesis. Emphasizing reading and writing to develop skills in observation and critical thinking, important attributes in understanding the scientific method. Offered in alternate years to MICR 451*.Not offered in 2010-2011. PREREQUISITES MICR 221* with a minimum grade of 70 per cent and BIOL 205*.
PREREQUISITE OR COREQUISITE BCHM 310 or BCHM 315* or equivalent. MBIO 218* (or MBIO 318*) recommended.
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MICR-451*/0.5 Selected Topics in Viral Pathogenesis 2L;2S;1T
The nature of selected animal virus groups and their interactions with the host in disease production. Special emphasis on the pathogenesis of tumour and human immunodeficiency viruses. Offered in Fall Term in alternate years to MICR 450*.Offered in 2010-2011. PREREQUISITES BIOL 205* with a minimum grade of 80 per cent or MBIO 218* (or MBIO 318*) with a minimum grade of 70 per cent.
PREREQUISITE OR COREQUISITE BCHM 310 or BCHM 315* or BIOL 334* (or BIOL 234*) or equivalent.
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MICR-452*/0.5 Viral Infection and Immunity 2L;2T
Course material will focus on the molecular basis for virus pathogenesis including host immune responses to virus infection, and viral countermeasures. Emphasis will be on viral infections that result in gastrointestinal, haematological, neurological, and respiratory diseases. Tutorials will focus on discussion of current and seminal literature. PREREQUISITES MICR 221* and MICR 360* or equivalents or permission of the Department.
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MICR-455/1.0 Practicum in Virology
In-depth analysis of experimental approaches for the study of insect viruses in cell culture and practical hands-on laboratory experience through a research project. PREREQUISITES MICR 221*; BIOL 205*; MBIO 218* (or MBIO 318*); or equivalents.
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MICR-461*/0.5 Advanced Immunology 1L;2S
Advanced course on the cellular, genetic and molecular basis of modern immunology. Topics will reflect areas of current interest and research. PREREQUISITE MICR 360* or equivalent with a minimum mark of 80 per cent.
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MICR-499/1.5 Research Project in Microbiology and Immunology 10P;2T
A research project supervised by and closely related to the research program of a faculty member. The research project involves experimental design, data collection and analysis, written report and oral presentation. Students will be required to attend seminars and tutorials on topics related to research. Limited enrolment.
NOTE Students whose research requires the care and/or handling of animals must also register in LISC 488/0.0.
PREREQUISITES MICR 221* or equivalent; restricted to fourth year honours LISC or ENSC/LISC students; permission of the Department required.
EXCLUSIONS ANAT 499, CANC 499, EPID 499, LISC 499, MICR 455, NSCI 499, PATH 499, PHAR 499, PHGY 499. Please note that these are all mutual exclusions.
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