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 fundamental study of the structure, genetics, and growth of microorganisms, focusing on bacteria and viruses. The roles of microbes in the environments in which they exist will be considered.
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.
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.
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
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.
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 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.
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.
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.