This Course and Program Catalogue is effective from May 2015 to April 2016.

Not all courses described in the Course and Program Catalogue are offered each year. For a list of course offerings in 2015-2016, please consult the class search website.

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As of 2005-2006, certain course abbreviations have changed. Students with credit for a course under its former label may not take the relabeled course for credit.

The following conventions are used for course numbering:

  • 010-099 represent non-degree level courses
  • 100-699 represent undergraduate degree level courses
  • 700-999 represent graduate degree level courses

The following term designations are used:

  • 1 - Term 1 only
  • 2 - Term 2 only
  • 3 - Term 3 only
  • 1&2 - Term 1 and 2
  • 1/2 - Either Term 1 or Term 2
  • P - Phases (Medicine and Dentistry)
  • Q - Quarters (Veterinary Medicine)

The following instructional code designations are used:

  • L - Lecture
  • P - Practicum/Lab
  • S - Seminar/Discussion
  • C - Clinical Service
  • R - Reading
  • T - Tutorial

Please use the following form to look up courses and find detailed information on course prerequisites, corequisites, and other special notes. To view all 100-level courses in a subject, select a Subject Code and type 1% in the Course Number field. (200-level = 2%, etc.)


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MCIM 223.3 — 2(3L)
Principles of Microbiology and Immunology for Nursing

This course takes a patient-oriented approach in introducing students to medically-important microorganisms including bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites. Topics include the structure and function of microorganisms, host-pathogen interactions, immunological principles, antimicrobial agents and resistance, infection control principles and nosocomial infections, and a representative survey of medically relevant microorganisms.

Prerequisite(s): BIOL 120.3.
Note: This course replaces MCIM 224.3 in the Nursing program. Students who already have credit for MCIM 224.3 or BMSC 210.3 will not be required to take MCIM 223.3. Students with credit for MCIM 224.3 or BMSC 210.3 cannot take this course for credit.


MCIM 224.3 — 2(3L-3P)
Microbiology for Pharmacists and Nutritionists

Introduces students to medically-important microorganisms including bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites. Topics include the structure and function of microorganisms, host-pathogen interactions, immunological principles, antimicrobial agents and resistance, infection control principles, and a representative survey of medically relevant microorganisms. Laboratory exercises stress the observation, growth, and safe handling of microorganisms.

Restriction(s): Students must be enrolled in the College of Pharmacy and Nutrition.
Prerequisite(s): BIOL 120 and 121.
Note: Replaces MICR 214 in the Pharmacy and Nutrition programs; students who already have credit for MICR 214 will not be required to take MICR 224. Students with credit for MICR 224 or MCIM 223 may not take this course for credit.


MCIM 308.3 — 1(3L)
Medical Bacteriology

Considers the characteristics of bacterial agents of infectious diseases in humans. Host-pathogen interactions are emphasized with respect to pathogenesis and the innate immune response. Methods for prevention and treatment of infectious disease are discussed.

Prerequisite(s): BMSC 200, 210.
Note: Students with credit for MICR 308 may not take this course for credit.


MCIM 309.3 — 2(3L)
Medical Virology

The principles of animal virology are covered, including classification, cell-virus relationships, basic techniques in virology, transmission of viruses, and study of viral disease.

Prerequisite(s): BMSC 200, 210.
Note: Students with credit for MICR 309 may not take this course for credit.


MCIM 321.3 — 2(3L)
Principles of Immunology

Considers the cellular, molecular and genetic mechanisms responsible for the physiological functioning of the immune system. Topics include the clonal selection theory, the structure and diversity of antibody molecules, the MHC-restricted recognition of antigen by T cells and the regulation of the immune response.

Prerequisite(s): BMSC 200, 210.
Note: Recommended to be taken concurrently with MCIM 390. Students with credit for MICR 421 may not take this course for credit.


MCIM 326.3 — 1(3L)
Introductory Prokaryotic Genetics and Physiology

Introduces the metabolic and genetic properties of bacterial cells. Topics include bacterial growth and culture systems, key metabolic pathways and their regulation, nutrient transport systems, organization of genetic material, regulation of bacterial gene expression and genetic analysis, DNA replication, recombination and manipulation, and exchange mechanisms.

Formerly: MCIM 216.
Prerequisite(s): BMSC 200 and 210.
Note: BMSC 240 is recommended. Recommended to be taken concurrently with MCIM 391. Students may not receive credit for this course if they have received credit for MCIM 216.


MCIM 390.3 — 2(3L-4P)
Experimental Microbiology and Immunology

The principles and applications of techniques used in microbiology and immunology are covered with an emphasis on problem solving by experimentation. Included are methods relating to safe handling, growth and identification of microbes and methods for studying virology and immunology.

Prerequisite(s): BMSC 200.3, 210.3, 240.3.
Note: Recommended to be taken concurrently with MCIM 321.3. Intended primarily for Microbiology & Immunology students. Students with credit for MICR 390 may not take this course for credit.


MCIM 391.3 — 1(3L-4P)
Experimental Molecular Microbiology

The principles and applications of techniques used in microbiology are covered with an emphasis on problem solving. Included are methods for studying microbial physiology and genetics, and basic methods of microbial gene manipulation. Students with credit for MICR 391 cannot receive credit for BIOC 311.

Prerequisite(s): BMSC 200.3, BMSC 210.3, and BMSC 240.3.
Note: Recommended to be taken concurrently with MCIM 326. Intended primarily for Microbiology & Immunology students. Students with credit for MICR 391 or BIOC 311 may not take this course for credit.


MCIM 398.3 — 1/2(3S)
Special Topics

Offered occasionally by visiting faculty and in other special situations to cover, in depth, topics that are not thoroughly covered in regularly offered courses.

MCIM 399.6 — 1&2(3S)
Special Topics

Offered occasionally by visiting faculty and in other special situations to cover, in depth, topics that are not thoroughly covered in regularly offered courses.

MCIM 416.3 — 2(3L)
Microbial Physiology

Considers the structure and function of micro-organisms, the relationship between structure and function, mechanisms of cell division, composition of microbial cell walls and membranes, aerobic and fermentative metabolism, and regulation of genes and metabolism.

Prerequisite(s): MCIM 326.3 or permission of the instructor.
Note: MCIM 487.3 is recommended. Students with credit for MICR 416 may not take this course for credit.


MCIM 417.3 — 1(3L-1.5T alt weeks)
Molecular Virology

Concepts in the molecular biology of Viruses are considered. The course covers molecular biological themes common to life cycles of all viruses, including virion structure, virus entry, gene expression, genome replication, assembly, release, and virus-host interactions. In addition, representative members of animal virus families are used as models to illustrate specific viological events and modern methods to study viruses.

Prerequisite(s): BMSC 200.3, 210.3, 220.3.
Note: MCIM 326.3 is recommended. Students with credit for MICR 417 may not take this course for credit.


MCIM 423.3 — 2(3L)
Immunopathogenesis

Considers how the activation of innate and adaptive immune mechanisms contribute to pathology. Topics include basic mechanisms of immune-cell migration and inflammation, functions of cytokines, antibody and cell-mediated hypersensitivity reactions and their role in disease processes as seen in allergies, transplantation and autoimmunity.

Prerequisite(s): MCIM 321.
Note: Students with credit for MICR 423 may not take this course for credit.


MCIM 487.3 — 1(3L-1T)
Microbial Genetic Systems

Bacterial and bacteriophage genetic systems will be dissected with a view to understanding their genomes, gene regulation, replication, mutagenesis, repair, and recombination, and their practical use as tools for molecular genetics experimentation and biotechnology.

Formerly: MCIM 387.
Prerequisite(s): MCIM 326.3.
Note: BIOL 226 is strongly recommended. Students with credit for MICR 386, MICR 387 or MCIM 387 may not take MCIM 487 for credit.


MCIM 490.0 — 1&2(1S)
Seminar

In their final year, students in the Honours Microbiology program are required to present one departmental seminar and to attend all Fall Term one and Winter Term two departmental seminars.

MCIM 491.6
Research Project in Microbiology and Immunology

A research project is selected in consultation with a faculty supervisor in whose laboratory the research will be carried out. Students will become familiar with the scientific literature and the laboratory techniques pertinent to the project. Experimental work will be undertaken and data compiled and analyzed. To complete the research project, a written report will be tabled and a short oral presentation will be given to faculty and students.

Formerly: MICR 497
Permission of the department is required.
Prerequisite(s): Minimum cumulative average of 70% in those courses counting toward the microbiology requirement of an Honours Degree in Microbiology.
Note: Intended primarily for those students majoring in microbiology and immunology who are considering a post-graduate degree in microbiology, immunology or another area of the life sciences. Students with credit for MICR 491 may not take this course for credit.


MCIM 498.3 — 1/2(3S)
Special Topics

Offered occasionally by visiting faculty and in other special situations to cover, in depth, topics that are not thoroughly covered in regularly offered courses.

MCIM 499.6 — 1&2(3S)
Special Topics

Offered occasionally by visiting faculty and in other special situations to cover, in depth, topics that are not thoroughly covered in regularly offered courses.

MCIM 817.3 — 1(3L-1T)
Advanced Molecular Virology

Considers the molecular details of virus repliaction and the host response to infection. Topics covered include virus structure, entry, replication, assembly and virus hose interactions. Molecular details and protein functions in the replication of DNA viruses and, + and - strand RNA viruses will be analyzed and compared. Seminars will be used to analyze current research papers and modern viral analysis techniques. This course is intended for graduate students who have not completed a senior undergraduate course in molecular Virology.

Note: Students who have credit for MCIM 417 may not take MCIM 817 for credit.


MCIM 820.3 — 1(3L)
DNA Repair and Mutagenesis

Explores the process of DNA damage, repair, mutagenesis and impacts on cell survival, genome integrity, molecular evolution and human diseases. Emphasis is given to molecular, cellular, genetic and biochemical analysis of each repair pathway in various organisms. Students are expected to be familiar with the technologies and strategies in the investigations.

Formerly: MICR 820
Note: Students with credit for MICR 820 may not take this course for credit.


MCIM 821.3 — 1(3L-1S)
Principles of Immunology

Considers the cellular, molecular and genetic mechanisms responsible for the physiological functioning of the immune system. Topics include the clonal selection theory, the structure and diversity of antibody molecules, the MHC-restricted recognition of antigen by T cells and the regulation of the immune response.

Formerly: MICR 821
Note: Students with credit for MICR 821 may not take this course for credit.


MCIM 823.3 — 2(3L-3S)
Immunopathogenesis of Microbial Infections

Considers how the activation of innate and adaptive immune mechanisms by microbial infections contribute to pathology. Topics include basic mechanisms of immune-cell migration and inflammation, functions of cytokines, antibody and cell-mediated hypersensitivity reactions and their role in disease processes as seen in allergies and autoimmunity. A portion is devoted transplantation immunology and to regulation of the immune response to tumors and parasites.

Formerly: MICR 823
Prerequisite(s): MCIM 321 (formerly MICR 421) or equivalent.
Note: Students with credit for MICR 823 may not take this course for credit.


MCIM 825.3 — 2(3L)
Molecular Basis of Microbial Pathogenesis

Explores ways in which microbial pathogens, particularly bacteria, interact with their hosts from a molecular and genetics perspective. Topics include general virulence mechanisms of pathogens; bacterial virulence factors and their genetic regulation; molecular genetic approaches to studying pathogenesis; and various model systems which have been used to understand pathogenic mechanisms.

Formerly: MICR 825
Prerequisite(s): MCIM 216 (formerly MICR 216) and a course in molecular genetics or molecular biology, or permission of the department.
Note: Students with credit for MICR 825 may not take this course for credit.


MCIM 827.3 — 2(3-4S)
Advanced Cellular and Molecular Immunology

Assesses the current understanding of the immune system, and the experimental means by which this has been achieved, by analyzing papers from the current and past literature.

Formerly: MICR 827
Permission of instructor required.
Note: Students with credit for MICR 827 may not take this course for credit.


MCIM 860.3 — 1&2(1S)
Seminar in Immunology

Current research in immunology and related areas will be presented and discussed by students and faculty, alternating weekly. Each term, each credit student will present a seminar on a recent publication from the literature and submit a term paper critically analyzing and comparing the presented data with other published information on the subject.

Formerly: MICR 860
Prerequisite(s): 3 credit units senior undergraduate and/or graduate courses in Immunology.
Note: Students with credit for MICR 860 may not take this course again for credit.


MCIM 861.3 — 1&2(1S)
Seminar in Molecular Biology and Microbiology

Current research in molecular microbiology and related areas will be presented and discussed by graduate students and faculty. Each term (T1 & T2) the student will present a seminar on a current research topic and will submit a critical essay on a focused area of research.

Note: Students with credit for MICR 861 may not take this course again for credit.


MCIM 898.3 — 1/2(2L/R)
Special Topics

Study in selected areas of microbiology may be undertaken by senior students with permission of the department. The study will be arranged to suit the requirements of individual students. It may consist of lectures, essays, literature surveys and reports on assigned topics related to a specific subject. Laboratory work may be required.

Prerequisite(s): An introductory Microbiology course and permission of the department.


MCIM 899.6
Special Topics

Study in selected areas of microbiology may be undertaken by senior students with permission of the department. The study will be arranged to suit the requirements of individual students. It may consist of lectures, essays, literature surveys and reports on assigned topics related to a specific subject. Laboratory work may be required.

Prerequisite(s): An introductory Microbiology course and permission of the department.


MCIM 990
Seminar

Graduate students are required to present one seminar per year on their research progress as part of a graduate seminar program (usually held the end of T2), and make a formal presentation upon completion of their research program in the Microbiology & Immunology Seminar Series. Yearly registration in MCIM 990 and attendance in the Microbiology & Immunology Seminar series is required throughout the graduate program.

MCIM 994
Research

Students writing a Master's thesis must register for this course.

MCIM 996
Research

Students writing a Ph.D. thesis must register for this course.