Academic Calendar 2021-2022

Microbiology & Immunology (MICR)

MICR 121  Microbiology for Nursing Students  Units: 3.00  

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.

Requirements: BCHM010 OR BCHM102  
Offering Faculty: Faculty of Health Sciences  
MICR 125  Micr For Health Sciences  Units: 3.00  

Offering Faculty: Faculty of Health Sciences  
MICR 160  Immunology for Today  Units: 3.00  

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.

Requirements: MICR221; 229; 360; 461 Ex  
Offering Faculty: Faculty of Health Sciences  
MICR 221  Basic Microbiology  Units: 3.00  

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)

Requirements: PREREQUISITE (A GPA of 1.90 (obtained in any term) or a `Pass¿ (obtained in Winter 2020) in BIOL 102/3.0 and BIOL 103/3.0) and CHEM 112/6.0. EXCLUSIONS MICR 271/3.0  
Course Equivalencies: MICR221, MICR229  
Offering Faculty: Faculty of Health Sciences  
MICR 270  Infection, Immunity and Inflammation  Units: 3.00  

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)

Requirements: Minimum 2nd year (Level 2) standing and one of (BIOL 102/3.0; MICR 121/3.0; PHGY 170/3.0). One-way Exclusion May not be taken with or after MICR 360/3.0; MICR 386/3.0; BMED 386.  
Offering Faculty: Faculty of Health Sciences  
MICR 271  Introduction to Microbiology  Units: 3.00  

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)

Requirements: Minimum 2nd year (Level 2) standing and one of (PHGY 170/3.0; BIOL 102/3.0). Exclusion MICR 221/3.0  
Offering Faculty: Faculty of Health Sciences  
MICR 290  Antibiotic Resistance Lab  Units: 3.00  

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
opportunities.
LEARNING HOURS 120(36Lb;48O;36P)

Requirements: Minimum 2nd year (Level 2) standing, registration in a BHSc, LISC, or BCHM degree plan, and one of (MICR 270/3.0; MICR 271/3.0) Exclusion MICR 221/3.0  
Offering Faculty: Faculty of Health Sciences  
MICR 320  Microbes in Health and Disease  Units: 3.00  

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.

Requirements: Minimum 3rd year (Level 3) standing and one of (MICR 221/3.0; MICR 271/3.0; MICR 229/3.0) and one of (MICR 360/3.0; MICR 386/3.0; BMED 386/3.0). Exclusion MICR 382/3.0  
Offering Faculty: Faculty of Health Sciences  
MICR 360  Immunology  Units: 3.00  

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)

Requirements: Prerequisite MICR221 or MICR271  
Offering Faculty: Faculty of Health Sciences  
MICR 386  Fundamentals of Immunology in Health and Disease  Units: 3.00  

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)

Requirements: Minimum 3rd year (Level 3) standing and one of (BCHM 218/3.0; BCHM 270/3.0), and one of (MICR 270/3.0; MICR 271/3.0; MICR 221/3.0). Exclusion MICR 360/BMED 877  
Offering Faculty: Faculty of Health Sciences  
MICR 433  Microbial Diversity  Units: 3.00  

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 ~

Offering Faculty: Faculty of Health Sciences  
MICR 435  Advanced Procaryotic Structure and Function  Units: 3.00  

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.

Requirements: PREREQUISITES BIOL 205/3.0 and (MICR 221/3.0 or MICR271 or MICR 229/3.0 with a minimum grade of B-) and reg in the LISC Major or Spec. Plan) and (a GPA of 2.5). COREQUISITE BCHM 310/6.0 or BCHM 315/3.0 or BIOL 334/3.0.  
Offering Faculty: Faculty of Health Sciences  
MICR 436  Microbial Genetics  Units: 3.00  

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.

Requirements: PREREQUISITES BIOL 205/3.0 and (MICR 221/3.0 or MICR227 or MICR 229/3.0 with a minimum grade of B) and (reg in the LISC Major or Spec. Plan) and (a GPA of 2.5). COREQUISITE BCHM 310/3.0 or BCHM 315/3.0 or BIOL 334/3.0.  
Offering Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Science  
MICR 450  Principles of Molecular Virology  Units: 3.00  

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.

Requirements: PREREQUISITES BIOL 205/3.0 and (MICR 221/3.0 or MICR271 with a minimum grade of B-) and (Level 4 and registrationin the LISC Major or Spec. Plan) and (a GPA of 2.5). COREQUISITE BCHM 310/6.0 or BCHM 315/3.0.  
Offering Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Science  
MICR 451  Selected Topics in Viral Pathogen  Units: 3.00  

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)

Requirements: PREREQUISITES Level 3 or above and (reg in the BIOL or LISC Major or Specialization plan) and (a GPA of 2.5) and (BCHM218 or MBIO218 with a min. grade of B-) or (BIOL330 with a min grade of B-) or (BIOL331 with a min grade of B-).  
Offering Faculty: Faculty of Health Sciences  
MICR 452  Viral Infection and Immunity  Units: 3.00  

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.

Requirements: PREREQUISITES Level 4 and (registration in the LISC Major or Specialization Plan) and (a GPA of 2.5) and (MICR221 or MICR271) and MICR360.  
Offering Faculty: Faculty of Health Sciences  
MICR 455  Practicum in Virology  Units: 6.00  

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.

Requirements: (MICR221 AND BIOL205) OR (MICR221 AND MBIO318)  
Offering Faculty: Faculty of Health Sciences  
MICR 461  Advanced Immunology  Units: 3.00  

Advanced immunology course focused on current topics in immunology and immunology-related scientific research.

Requirements: PREREQUISITE (MICR 360/3.0 with a minimum grade of A-) and (Level 4 and registration in the LISC Major or Specialization Plan) and (a GPA of 2.5)  
Offering Faculty: Faculty of Health Sciences  
MICR 499  Research Project in Microbiology and Immunology  Units: 12.00  

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).

Requirements: Prerequisite Level 4 and registration in a LISC or ELSC Specialization Plan and cumulative GPA of 2.50 or higher and MICR 221. Exclusion ANAT 499; CANC 499; EPID 499; LISC 499; MICR 455; NSCI 499; PATH 499; PHAR 499; PHGY 499; REPD 499.  
Offering Faculty: Faculty of Health Sciences  
MICR 836  Microbial Genetics  Units: 3.00  

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.

Requirements: MICR836 excludes MICR436  
Offering Faculty: Faculty of Health Sciences  
MICR 850  Molecular Virology Principles  Units: 3.00  

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.

Requirements: MICR850 excludes MICR450  
Offering Faculty: Faculty of Health Sciences  
MICR 860  Immunology  Units: 3.00  

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

Requirements: MICR860 excludes MICR360  
Offering Faculty: Faculty of Health Sciences  
MICR 899  Master's Thesis Research  Units: 6.00  

Offering Faculty: Faculty of Health Sciences  
MICR 910  Microbiol/Immun Seminar Course  Units: 3.00  

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.

Offering Faculty: Faculty of Health Sciences  
MICR 920  Microbial Pathogenesis  Units: 3.00  

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.  

Offering Faculty: Faculty of Health Sciences  
MICR 930  Advanced Bacteriology  Units: 3.00  

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.

Offering Faculty: Faculty of Health Sciences  
MICR 950  Advanced Virology  Units: 3.00  

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.

Offering Faculty: Faculty of Health Sciences  
MICR 960  Advanced Immunology  Units: 3.00  

An advanced course emphasizing the main areas of contemporary immunology. Fall term.  S. Basta. 

Offering Faculty: Faculty of Health Sciences  
MICR 970  Research Project In Microbiol.  Units: 3.00  

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.

Offering Faculty: Faculty of Health Sciences  
MICR 999  Ph.D. Thesis Research  Units: 6.00  

Offering Faculty: Faculty of Health Sciences