SCIE680
The Science of Human Health: Microbiology and Immunology

Donald Oliver • Wednesday, 6:00-8:30 p.m.

Course Calendar

NOTE: This syllabus is subject to change

January 28 Introduction & Cell Biology of microorganisms

Section I (1), Chapter 4 (2)

February 4 Virology and Prions

Section II (1), Chapters 9, 16 (2)

February 11 Antimicrobial agents & resistance mechanisms

Section III (1), Chapters 10, 20 (2)

February 18 Host-parasite interactions

Section IV (1), Chapter 21 (2)

February 25 Microbial diseases I

Chapters 26, 27 (2)

March 4 Microbial diseases II

Chapters 28, 29 (2)

March 24 Overview & innate immunity

Chapters 1, 2 (3), Chapter 22 (2)

March 31 B cells, antibodies, & MHC

Chapters 3, 4 (3), Chapters 22, 23 (2)

April 7 T cells, cytokines, & lymphatics

Chapters 5, 6 (3), Chapters 22, 23 (2)

April 14 Immunopathology

Chapters 7-9 (3)

April 21 Presentations of infectious diseases & immunology
April 28 Presentations of infectious diseases & immunology
May 5 Presentations of infectious diseases & immunology


Course Reading 1. Microorganisms from Smallpox to Lyme Disease, Thomas Brock, W.H. Freeman and Company, ISBN 0-7167-2084-1 (Reading from Scientific American) (Out of print: I will supply handouts)

2. Brock Biology of Microorganisms, 10th edition, Madigan, Martinko, and Parker, Prentice Hall, ISBN 0-13-066271-2. (On reserve in the Science Library; I will provide handouts of all required sections of chapters 4 (pp. 63-end, 9 (pp. 231-246 & 255-end), 10 (pp. 286-301), 16 (pp. 532-end), 20, 21, 26-29)

3. How the Immune System Works, Lauren Sompayrac, Blackwell Science, Inc., ISBN 0-632-04413-6 (Broad Street Bookstore)

Note: Additional handouts of recent articles of interest will be given out in each class

Class Wednesday 6-8:30 p.m., Shanklin 201
Instructor Don Oliver, office: Shanklin 210A; tel 860/685-3556; fax 860-685-2141; email doliver@wesleyan.edu
Office Hours After class or most other times by appointment
Requirements Class attendance, participation, and the above readings
-take home midterm (40% of grade) due March 24
-class presentations (20% of grade)
-final paper (40% of grade) due May 12

Exam and final paper should be received by the required date in my mailbox (Molecular Biology & Biochemistry office, Hall-Atwater room 205) or via email (doliver@wesleyan.edu) - email confirmation of receipt should be received.

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