Queen's University
BMED 483 Advanced Topics in Infectious Disease

This course will examine basic principles of infectious diseases such as Pathophysiology, Epidemiology and Transmission, and Control of Infectious Agents including an emphasis on Antimicrobial Therapy and Resistance.  Selected Infectious Disease syndromes will be examined to explore unique host microbe interactions.   Students will work through the topics online using interactive multimedia modules.  Student assessment will include weekly online quizzes, group, and individual assignments.  Active participation will also form part of student assessment.  At the completion of the course, students will have an understanding of the key concepts of emerging topics in infectious diseases.

Minimum 4th year (Level 4) standing and MICR 382/3.0 or permission from the instructor.

After completing BMED 473, students will be able to:

  1. Integrate epidemiological and transmission principles of infectious diseases to independently or collaboratively explain, discuss, and appreciate the global impact of infectious diseases.
  2. Use the principles learned during the study of selected infectious disease syndromes and apply those principles to advocate for effective control of infectious diseases.
  3. Integrate information found in course modules and primary literature to explain the pathophysiology of selected infectious diseases and the role it plays in disease progression and treatment.
  1. Communicator
  2. Advocate
  3. Leader
  4. Scholar
  5. Professional
  6. Collaborator

All assessments will be graded using marking rubrics.

Assessment 1 – Weekly Online Quizzes (x10) (20%)

Students will have weekly online quizzes for ten weeks, each worth 2%. These quizzes will emphasize problem solving and application of material learned in the previous week, rather than rote memorization.

Assessment 2 – Group Case Study Analysis (20%)

Students will participate in two group assignments, both of which will be in the form of an infectious disease case study. Working collaboratively in small groups, students will be given a topic, and have to synthesize a group report, outlining the epidemiology of the problem, any relevant studies/clinical trials that have been conducted on the topic, and propose future solutions to the problem. Each group assignment will have a different topic, and the students will have different groups for each topic to encourage collaboration with a wider array of individuals.

Assessment 3 – Individual Advocacy Assignment (20%)

Working individually, students will select a topic on which they will be required to develop a public service announcement (in the form of a two-three page brochure, pamphlet or report), educating the public on a particular problem. Students will post the final product to the course website for viewing by their peers, the TA(s) and the instructor. In addition to this, students will be asked to go one step further and advocate for appropriate action to be taken in order to remediate the problem.

Assessment 4 – Final Exam (40%)

In this proctored, cumulative final exam, students will be required to take concepts learned throughout the course and apply them to problem solving and application-type short answer and essay-based questions.

Two synchronous tutorials will be run by the instructor and/or TAs during the course, one midway through the course and one prior to the final exam. This will provide students with an opportunity to clarify any concepts or questions.

9–10 hours a week (108–120 hours per term).

Required Texts

BMED 473 course notes via modules posted online and select readings made available by the instructor.