Microbes in Health and Disease

MICR 320/3.0

Orange and blue microorganisms


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.

Learning Outcomes

1. Describe and apply knowledge of how microbes interact with the human host in relation to health (human microbiome) and disease (microbial pathogens). Organize & assess information from various sources to critically and appropriately problem solve. 
2. Work collaboratively in a small group setting to apply accumulated knowledge in critical evaluation of the factors that contribute to the etiology of infectious diseases. 
3. Integrate the information taught in the course to provide a broad-based understanding of the global impact of microbes on health and disease.   Reflect upon and track how accumulated knowledge is influencing perception of human health and infectious disease. 
4. Reflect upon and document learning styles and strategies best suited to optimize depth and breadth of learning.


Winter 2023
Course Dates
Delivery Mode


15% - Module Quizzes (x5)
20% - Group Case-Study Assignment (x2)
10% - Learning Portfolio
20% - Midterm Exam
40% - Proctored Final Exam

*Evaluation Subject to Change*

Instructor Information


Textbook and Materials

  • MICR 320 course notes via modules posted online.
  • Relevant primary literature will be provided by the instructor pertaining to specific modules.

Time Commitment

Students can expect to spend approximately 10 hours a week (120 hours per term) in study/practice and online activities for MICR 320.