BMS323 Infection and Immunity in Complementary Health (8)

This subject provides students with knowledge of microbiology and immunology necessary for complementary health professionals. The microbiology section concentrates on the pathogens responsible for common infectious diseases. It highlights modes of transmission of these diseases, their spread and methods of their prevention and control. The immunology section provides students with knowledge of immunological concepts relative to the defence against pathogens and development of autoimmune diseases.

Subject Outlines
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No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2019.

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Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Biomedical Sciences

Enrolment Restrictions

Bachelor of Health Science (Complementary Medicine) and Bachelor of Nursing Science

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to demonstrate understanding of concepts of infectious microbiology
  • be able to explain the principles of hostmicroorganism interaction
  • be able to demonstrate knowledge of the ways in which microbes infect and cause disease in humans
  • be able to identify the most appropriate methods of disinfection and sterilisation for a given health care setting.
  • be able to demonstrate knowledge of pathogenesis, epidemiology, clinical features, treatment, and methods of diagnosis and prevention of infection of key microbial diseases
  • be able to describe the routes of infection and key diseases associate with major body systems. be able to communicate pertinent information regarding microbial diseases to a range of audiences including peers, academic researchers and patients
  • be able to demonstrate a knowledge of the following immunological concepts:
  • nonspecific defences against infections;
  • specific immune defences against infections;
  • graft tolerance and transplantation;
  • vaccination and immunisation;
  • serological reactions and immunodiagnosis;
  • primary and secondary immunodeficiencies;
  • five types of hypersensitivity;
  • autoimmunity
  • be able to outline the clinical consequences of various dysfunctions of the immune system
  • be able to explain usefulness of serological and immunodiagnostic techniques for modern health professionals
  • appreciate the importance of vaccination and immunisation procedures for public health


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Microbiology
  • Microbiology basics
  • Antimicrobial therapy
  • Microbial control
  • Microbial diseases of the circulatory system, central nervous system, respiratory tract, urinary tract, genital tract, skin, soft tissues, bones and joints
  • Zoonoses
  • Congenital, perinatal and HIV infections
  •  Immunology
  • Basic Immunology and immunity
  • Molecular basis of adaptive immunity
  • Cellular basis of adaptive immunity
  • Useful immunity
  • Undesirable effects of immunity
  • Altered immunity and immunity in health and disease


Current Students

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Prospective Students

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The information contained in the 2019 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: September 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.