BMED 483 Advanced Topics in Infectious Disease
BMED 483, Advanced Topics in Infectious Disease, will examine basic principles of infectious diseases, including the epidemiology, pathophysiology, transmission, and control of infectious agents, with 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. Throughout the course modules, students will focus on four major groups of microorganisms – bacteria, parasites, viruses, and fungi. 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 one of (MICR320/3.0; MICR 270/3.0; MICR 271/3.0; MICR 221/3.0), or permission from the instructor.
Online format with materials, communication, and assignment submissions all via Daylight (onQ).
After completing BMED 483, students will be able to:
- Integrate epidemiological and transmission principles of infectious diseases to independently or collaboratively explain, discuss, and appreciate the global impact of infectious diseases.
- Use the principles learned during the study of selected infectious disease syndromes and apply those principles to advocate for effective control of infectious diseases.
- 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.
All assessments will be graded using marking rubrics.
Assessment 1 – Knowledge Checkpoint Quizzes (4x) (10%)
Students will complete a knowledge checkpoint quiz for each of the major topics in the course – bacteria, parasites, viruses, and fungi. Each quiz consists of multiple choice and short answer questions designed to test the student’s knowledge of course material. Students will complete four quizzes for a total of 10% of the final grade.
Assessment 2 – The Diagnosis Game (2x) (20%)
Students must work their way through two interactive case studies over the course of the semester – one before the midterm and one after. Students will be given information and/or data piece by piece, from the initial visit with the patient to diagnosis, and are required to perform different clinical and diagnostic tests on their patient. Students will submit their results and write a personal reflection, discussing their experience and strategy for the game.
Assessment 3 – Elevator Pitch (20%)
Students will select an infectious disease that is currently posing a challenge to the healthcare field and develop an elevator pitch proposing a solution to this challenge. The presentation should provide an overview of the infectious disease, identify the problem it is creating, and provide a realistic solution. Upon receiving funding, students are required to present to the class on how they plan to implement their program and address the infectious disease problem.
Assessment 4 – Midterm Exam (20%)
Students are required to write an online, proctored midterm exam. The exam will consist of multiple choice and short answer questions designed to test students’ knowledge on course material from Modules 01-04.
Assessment 5 – Final Exam (30%)
Students are required to write an online, proctored final exam. The exam is cumulative and will consist of multiple choice and short answer questions designed to test students’ knowledge on course material.
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).
BMED 473 course notes via modules posted online and select readings made available by the instructor.