BMS313 Infectious Diseases And Applied Immunology (8)


This subject examines important human pathogens and their interactions with the immune system. The actions of antimicrobial therapies, antibiotic resistance and disorders of the immune system will be covered in this subject.  

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 2
InternalOrange Campus
InternalWagga Wagga Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: BMS313
Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Biomedical Sciences

Enrolment restrictions

Restricted to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Pharmacy course
Prerequisite(s)Incompatible subject(s)
MCR101 or BMS115BMS314 BMS315 BMS338 BMS339

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • Be able to describe the pathogenesis of infections;
  • Be able to describe the actions and properties of antimicrobial therapies and their application to the treatment of human infections;
  • Be able to describe methods for sterilisation and aseptic techniques.
  • Be able to explain the interactions between important human pathogens and the immune system
  • Be able to explain the mechanisms involved in important disorders of the immune system
  • Be able to explain microbial mechanisms of resistance to antimicrobial therapies


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • Control of microbial growth: principles of sterilisation including moist heat, dry heat, drying and freezing, irradiation, chemical disinfection
  • Antibiotics including their mode of action, types, and methods of testing antibiotics;
  • Microbial resistance to antibiotics including modes of action, procedures for detecting resistance and the microbial transfer of antibiotic resistance
  • Pathogens, virulence and infection: pathogenesis of disease; factors influencing infection and virulence
  • Overview of the procedures involved in the microbiological diagnosis of infection and aseptic techniques
  • Host defences against infection: innate and acquired immunity, and vaccine prophylaxis
  • Disorders of the immune system


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.