Infection and Immunity

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Infection and Immunity

Master of Medicine (Infection and Immunity)

Students must successfully complete 48 credit points, including:
(a) 30 credit points of core units of study; and
(b) 18 credit points of elective units of study.

Graduate Diploma in Infection and Immunity

Students must successfully complete 36 credit points, including:
(a) 24 credit points of core units of study; and
(b) 12 credit points of elective units of study.

Graduate Certificate in Infection and Immunity

Students must successfully complete 24 credit points, including:
(a) 24 credit points of core units of study.

Core units

It is preferable to complete INIM5111 Principles in Immunology in first semester, before undertaking Clinical and Laboratory Immunology. However, this is not essential if a student in Second Semester has previousl studied undergraduate immunology
INIM5002 Virology and Cell Technology

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: A/Prof Barry Slobedman Session: Semester 2 Classes: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Assumed knowledge: Undergraduate Microbiology or Infectious Diseases Assessment: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Practical field work: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
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This unit aims to equip graduates with an in-depth knowledge of medical virology and cell technology that will enable them to work effectively as laboratory personnel in relevant hospital laboratories, clinics or research institutions. Students will develop skills in evaluation of scientific literature, in problem-solving and in scientific communication that will enable them to develop careers as administrators or policy-makers in hospitals, health care organisations or government bodies. The core of the program is a series of lectures, given face-to-face and/or available online. Practical classes will focus on the identification of viruses and cell culture technology, and on techniques used in research investigations and will be conducted in an appropriately equipped student laboratory.
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INIM5011 Advanced Medical Bacteriology

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: A/Prof Jim Manos Session: Semester 1 Classes: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Assumed knowledge: Undergraduate Microbiology or Infectious Diseases Assessment: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Practical field work: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
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This unit of study aims to build on the student's basic knowledge of microbiology by providing an awareness of modern concepts and the latest knowledge of medical bacteriology at the molecular level. This knowledge is relevant to the susceptibility and response of the host to pathogenic bacteria. There is a particular emphasis on the host-pathogen relationship at the cellular and molecular levels regarding symptoms, virulence factors, pathogenesis, diagnosis, treatment, control and prevention. The practical component will allow candidates to become familiar with modern molecular-based bacteriological techniques used to identify the characteristic genetic features of bacterial species that cause infections. The unit will provide an advanced scientific and intellectual base to augment student's knowledge and understanding, at a postgraduate level, in a career involving medical microbiology or in a related subject area. Lectures will be used to impart knowledge and understanding as well as review key themes of the module, and many of these will be given by experts in the current field. Tutorials will utilise activities such as journal review and topic presentation which enable develop their skills by presenting research on a range of issues including advances in knowledge on bacterial pathogenesis, identification and treatment in Australia and worldwide. The use of case studies will enable candidates to examine breakouts of disease and their investigation by the clinical laboratory. Laboratory sessions will enable students to apply the theoretical concepts of laboratory investigation at the molecular level using advanced molecular techniques of DNA, RNA and protein purification and analysis.
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INIM5100 Infection and Immunity Capstone

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Megan Steain Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Corequisites: INIM5111 and INIM5002 and INIM5011 and INIM5112 Assumed knowledge: A pass grade in all core INIM units undertaken in the previous semester. This unit is not available to students undertaking the Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma Assessment: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Practical field work: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
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This is the capstone unit for the Master of Medicine and Master of Science in Medicine (Infection and Immunity). It will bring together your learning from the various units within the degree and challenge you to use this acquired knowledge to critically evaluate research in infectious diseases and immunology as well as apply it to tackle current problems in the field. The unit will comprise of a seminar series, journal clubs, workshops and a group project centred around solving an issue related to the immunology and control of an infection of global importance.
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INIM5111 Principles in Immunology

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Umaimainthan Palendira Session: Semester 1 Classes: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Assumed knowledge: Undergraduate immunology and undergraduate bacteriology and virology Assessment: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Practical field work: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
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Immunology is the study of defence mechanisms that protect individuals against infections and cancers. Studies in immunology are leading advances in clinical medicine, including understanding allergies, transplant rejection, cancer and autoimmune diseases, as well as the development of new vaccines. In this unit you will explore the essential features of the immune system at the molecular and cellular level, the mechanisms of pathological immune processes and immune system dysfunction, mechanisms of immune responses to microorganisms and immunological techniques used in clinical diagnostic and research laboratories. Practical and tutorial sessions are designed to illustrate particular concepts introduced in other face-to-face activities. Further self-directed learning activities, including online learning activities, will facilitate integratino of fundamental information and help you apply this knowledge to the ways in which the host organism fights disease. Consequently, you will develop skills in problem-solving, evaluation of scientific literature, as well as oral and written communication skills. Upon completion, you will have developed the skills required to follow a career in medical research, clinical and diagnostic services and/or the corporate system that supports the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease.
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INIM5112 Clinical Immunology and Immunotherapy

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Megan Steain Session: Semester 2 Classes: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Assumed knowledge: Understanding of basic biochemistry and cell biology Assessment: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Practical field work: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
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In this unit students will learn how to apply their knowledge of fundamental immunology to understanding the immunopathology of a broad range of human disease. Students will explore the immunological methods that are the foundation of clinical diagnosis and disease management, and learn how immunotherapy is becoming integrated into treatment across a spectrum of immune-mediated conditions. Instruction will comprise of lectures, tutorials and laboratory classes. The lectures will be given by research scientists and clinicians who are leaders in their respective fields. Tutorials will reinforce material covered in lectures, with an emphasis on understanding concepts through clinical cases and appreciating how laboratory investigations contribute to the diagnostic pathway. Laboratory classes will focus on techniques central to the diagnostic lab and taught with the perspective of real-world situations.
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Elective units

INIM5013 Clinical Mycology and Parasitology

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Professor Wieland Meyer, Dr Rogan Lee Session: Semester 1 Classes: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Assumed knowledge: Knowledge in general microbiology and molecular biology. Assessment: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Practical field work: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
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This unit aims to equip science and medical graduates with an in-depth knowledge of medical mycology and parasitology that will enable them to work effectively as laboratory personnel, clincians and medical scientists in relevant hospital laboratories, clinics or research institutions. The course will allow students to develop skills in recognising fungal and parasitic infections, interpret laboraroty reports on identification clincial epidmeiology of the mycotic and parasitic disease agents, molecular typing of clincial isolates, and evaluation of scientific literature, in problem-solving and in scientific communication that will enable graduates to develop careers as microbiologists, clinicians and administrators or policy-makers in hospitals, health care organizations or government bodies. The course structure involves lectures on diseases caused by fungal, protozoan and helminthic agents, laboratory classes on identification of fungal and parasitic infections (classical methods, such as morphology and biochemistry, molecular methods, including: sanger and next generation sequencing, whole genome sequencing, a number of PCR based techniques and MALDI-TOF), molecular typing techniques used to investigate potential disease outbreaks, techniques used in research investigations and specific tutorials (e.g. clinical cases, investigation of outbreaks of disease and prevention strategies). Specific lectures will be given by expert clinicans in infectious diseases, basic microbiology, mycology, and parasitology scientists and leading diagnostic specialists in the field. Seminars consisting of presentations of specified topics researched by individual students will complement the course. The course takes place at the new Westmead Institute for Medical Research, in the Molecular Mycology Research Laboratory, Centre for Infectious Diseases and Microbiology, Marie Bashir Institute for Emerging infectious Diseases and Biosecurity, Faculty of Medicine and Health, at the Westmead Campus, Westmead Clinical School.
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INIM5022 Global Control of Infectious Diseases

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Professor Vitali Sintchenko Session: Semester 2 Classes: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Assumed knowledge: Undergraduate bacteriology and virology; basic concepts of epidemiology Assessment: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Practical field work: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
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This unit of study will provide students with knowledge about detection, monitoring and control of existing and emerging pathogens, and with the necessary skills to plan epidemic preparedness strategies, to identify optimal approaches for communicable disease prevention, containment or eradication and to evaluate their effectiveness. This module offers a multidisciplinary framework for understanding the principles of interventions against infectious diseases and focuses on the study of global infectious disease threats in the context of their routes of transmission and potential intervention strategies, as well as the reasons for the success or failure of control programs. The core of this unit is a series of lectures, practical demonstrations and problem­ solving tutorials describing real-­life examples of diagnostic and surveillance strategies and vaccination policies, community outbreak investigations and epidemic/pandemic control and preparedness planning using COVID-19 examples. A significant proportion of the lectures are delivered by invited expert infectious disease practitioners and laboratory scientists. The main principles will be illustrated using examples from pandemic and seasonal influenza, arbovirus diseases, tuberculosis, zoonotic and food­ and water­borne bacterial infections. A large portion of this unit is based at the State public health reference laboratories of the Institute of Clinical Pathology and Medical Research (NSW Health Pathology) at Westmead Hospital, Sydney Medical School ­ Westmead Campus.
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PGEN5001 Pathogen Genomics

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Professor Vitali Sintchenko, Dr Verlaine Timms, Dr Rebecca Rockett, Dr Gabriella Scandurra Session: Semester 2 Classes: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Assumed knowledge: Basic understanding of microbiology or medical microbiology and genetics. Assessment: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Practical field work: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
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Genomics has revolutionised medicine, providing information on a scale not previously available. Pathogen Genomics is part of this revolution and the applications of this technology have provided crucial information on pathogen discovery, new drug development, control of outbreaks and antibiotic resistance. This unit of study will introduce students to analysis of bacterial and viral genomes and main applications of genomics for translational research, precision medicine and control of diseases with epidemic potential. Students will learn how DNA is sequenced in the laboratory and develop analytical skills in microbial genomics, using public databases and the University of Sydney's high­performance computing cluster. A combination of lectures delivered by domain experts and interactive practicals will provide detailed understanding of the key concepts of genomics utilized in research and clinical practice. Case studies will enable students to perform genomic analyses and apply the technological knowledge gained from the unit to examine virulence, drug resistance and evolution of pathogens with epidemic potential. This unit will equip students with knowledge and skills important for careers in biomedical research and healthcare.
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SEXH5200 Advanced STIs

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Shailendra Sawleshwarkar and Dr Hans Ramlochun Session: Semester 1 Classes: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Assessment: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Practical field work: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Mode of delivery: Block mode, Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
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This unit aims to describe the epidemiology, microbiology, pathogenesis, clinical features and management strategies for the common Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs). On completion of this unit, students will be able to: (i) Discuss the microbiology, pathogenesis and epidemiology of the common STIs; (ii) Demonstrate an understanding of the clinical spectrum of STIs, including asymptomatic infection, genital manifestations and complications; and (iii) Describe principles of STI prevention and management and outline treatment of individual STIs. HIV infection will only be covered in the context of its interactions with other STIs. Course content includes epidemiology, STIs in key populations, microbiology and clinical aspects of the following conditions: vaginal discharge, urethral discharge, anorectal discharge, genital ulceration, upper genital tract infections including pelvic inflammatory disease, sexually transmitted hepatitis, syphilis, anogenital warts and cancer, genital infestations and genital dermatology. Challenges faced in resource-poor settings and syndromic management will also be covered.
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