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.


Session 2 (60)
On Campus
Orange 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

Grading System



One session


School of Biomedical Sciences

Enrolment Restrictions

Restricted to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Pharmacy course


MCR101 or BMS115

Incompatible Subjects

BMS314, 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 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


This 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

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of BMS313 in Session 2 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Weekly online workshop: question set participation
Exam 1
Exam 2

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.