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.
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.
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.
LEARNING HOURS 120 (36L;18Lb;66P)
This course focuses on 1) the overall organization of the immune system, 2) the role of the immune system in combating diseases caused by common pathogens as well as adverse reactions of the immune system and 3) application of the basic knowledge of immunology to the field of infectious disease prevention and control by vaccines and treatment of cancer. The unique features of this course lie in its overall structure and delivery that will prepare the student for further in-depth learning in the field of immunology.
NOTE 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.
NOTE Also offered online. Consult the Bachelor of Health Sciences program office.
NOTE May not be taken for credit towards the Plan requirements of the LISC Specialization or Major Plans.
LEARNING HOURS may vary 114 (36O;78P)
An introduction to the biology of microbes, including both pathogenic & beneficial bacteria, viruses, fungi, & protozoa. This overview of the biological features of these microorganisms will highlight these organisms¿ roles in the environment & in human health contributing to infectious diseases vs. maintaining healthy microbiomes.
NOTE Only offered online. Consult the Bachelor of Health Sciences Program office.
LEARNING HOURS 120 (60O;60P)
This immersive laboratory course is designed to give students the opportunity to apply important microbiological and biochemical research techniques to the study of antibiotic resistance. Students work in small groups on a semester-long project, developing valuable lab skills that will support them with future research
LEARNING HOURS 120(36Lb;48O;36P)
This course will focus on the roles of microbes in health (human microbiome) and disease (pathogens). The molecular mechanisms of bacterial/viral virulence and the host response will be examined in order to develop an in depth understanding of the etiology of infectious diseases and the benefits derived from the human microbiome. Consult the Bachelor of Health Sciences program office
NOTE Also offered online. Learning Hours may vary.
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.
LEARNING HOURS 144 (36L;36O;72P)
Integrates the key principles of immunology to facilitate learning of immunology as it relates to human health and disease. This course offers real-life case studies, problems encountered and solutions applied, immunology virtual laboratory simulation, and extensive coverage of the basic science underlying each topic in the module.
Also offered online.
LEARNING HOURS may vary:120(48O;72P)
An emphasis on the wide variety of bacteria and their habitats focusing on their physiology, metabolism, genetics and their influence on the environment. The laboratory component will feature enrichments for selected groups of microorganisms and analysis of isolates by light microscopy, gas and high pressure liquid chromatography etc. (0/54/0/0/0)~ COURSE DELETED IN 2008/09 ~
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.
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.
NOTE Offered in alternate years to MICR 435/3.0.
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.
NOTE Offered in alternate years to MICR 451/3.0.
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.
NOTE Offered in alternate years to MICR 450/3.0.
LEARNING HOURS 120 (24L;12T;84P)
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.
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.
Advanced immunology course focused on current topics in immunology and immunology-related scientific research.
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 Acceptance by a supervisor required prior to registration.
NOTE Students whose research requires the care and/or handling of animals must also complete the Introductory Animal Care Course and if required the appropriate Animal Use workshops through the Office of the University Veterinarian.
LEARNING HOURS 480 (288Lb;24G;24I;144P).
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-835* and concurrently with MICR-436* with additional work required.) Winter term, two hours lecture, one hour tutorial. Not Offered 2010-2011.
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-851* and concurrently with MICR-450* with additional work required.) Fall term, three lecture hours, three seminar hours. E. Carstens. Not Offered 2010-2011.
The general principles and mechanisms of immune reaction. Immunochemical and immunobiological aspects of antibody formation and cell-mediated immunity in health and disease will be considered. (Offered concurrently with MICR-360* with additional work required.) Fall term, three lecture hours. M. Szewczuk
A required course for all graduate students entering a MSc or PhD from a BSc. Credit will be based upon attendance and participation in the weekly departmental seminar program and on attendance at all Visiting Speaker/Departmental seminars. In addition, each student will be required to present two seminars based upon his/her research work. Departmental faculty will provide evaluation of each student presentation consisting of a mark and written comments. A final mark will be compiled by the Graduate Program Coordinator (40%, first seminar; 60% second seminar). Fall and winter terms, seminar. N. Martin.
A comprehensive course emphasizing the major microbial and viral groups occurring in human and animal disease. The basic mechanisms involved in host-parasite interrelationships as well as current effective methodology used in their control will be studied. Winter term. N. Martin.
An integrated course dealing with microbial physiology as approached from biochemical, genetic and ecological perspectives. The course will also stress microbial diversity. Fall term. Three lecture hours. K. Poole.
Advanced general virology with a special emphasis on virus structure, replication patterns under permissive conditions and in persistent infections. Molecular aspects of gene duplication, expression and modulation are emphasized, as well as a consideration of viruses as expression vectors. Fall term. Three lecture hours. L. Raptis. Not Offered 2010-2011.
An advanced course emphasizing the main areas of contemporary immunology. Fall term. S. Basta.
A required course for all graduate students entering a Master¿s program and for those entering a doctoral program without a prior Master¿s of Science degree. Students will complete essays on central questions related to their research program. The intent of this course is to promote an early appreciation of the literature and/or experimental approaches germane to the student¿s proposed studies and/or address weaknesses/gaps in the student¿s prior studies that might impede his/her undertaking the proposed work. Offered all terms. K. Poole.