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SLE334 - Medical Microbiology and Immunology

Unit details

Year2016 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
Credit point(s):1
Previously coded as:


EFTSL value:0.125
Unit chair:

Cenk Suphioglu





Incompatible with:


Contact hours:

3 x 1 hour class per week, 5 x 3 hour practicals per trimester.


SLE334 allows students to explore aspects of microbiology and immunology relevant to understanding infectious disease. Students will be introduced to medical microbiology and immunology using anthrax as a model disease. Students will learn about biology of bacteria, viral and parasitic pathogens of global importance. During practical sessions, students will be able to apply knowledge of host defence mechanisms, immunisation and vaccine technologies, and the management of the spread of infectious disease in the context of specific diseases. Learning and assessment tasks will enhance the students understanding of infectious diseases, the immune response to infectious disease, diagnosis, the development of candidate vaccines and the identification of pharmacological targets for antimicrobial therapeutics.


In-class test 15%, infectious disease report and group oral presentation 20%, practical work 15%, examination 50%. To be eligible to obtain a pass in this unit, students must achieve at least 50% in the laboratory component.

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