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MI2021 - Introductory Infectious Diseases and Immunobiology

Credit points: 3
Year: 2023
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Public Health, Medical and Vet Sciences

A review of microbes significant to human and animal diseases is followed by the principles which underpin the spread and establishment of infectious disease. Common and topical infectious diseases are presented in an organ system approach where the aetiology, epidemiology and pathophysiology of the infection is discussed. Treatment and the control of these conditions are considered. The immune system is presented in the context of infection and non-infection disease processes. This subject prepares students who wish to pursue study of clinical microbiology and immunobiology in 3rd year.

Learning Outcomes

  • be able to describe the basic principles of infectious disease transmission and establishment for each organ system;
  • Engage with and understand the issues of infectious disease burden and epidemiology in the tropics;
  • be able to outline the principles of infection control and treatment;
  • understand the role of the immune response in infectious and non-infectious disease;
  • understand the fundamental aspects of the immune response;
  • be able to understand related techniques of microbe manipulation and the aseptic technique.

Subject Assessment

  • Written > Examination (centrally administered) - (60%) - Individual
  • Written > Literature review - (10%) - Group
  • Performance/Practice/Product > Practical assessment/practical skills demonstration - (30%) - Individual.

Special Assessment Requirements

Achieve an overall percentage of 50% or more; Achieve a minimum of 40% for the final theory exam

Prerequisites: AT LEAST 18CP OF LEVEL 1 OR 2 SUBJECTS INCLUDING MI2011 OR MI2031 OR BM1000 OR BS1001
PC2201 and TV5120 and TV5010


Townsville, Study Period 2, Internal
Census Date 24-Aug-2023
Coordinator: Assoc. Professor Jeffrey Warner
Lecturers: Assoc. Professor Jeffrey Warner, Assoc. Professor Catherine Rush.
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 39 hours lectures
  • 36 hours specialised
  • assessment and self-directed study

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.