Microbiology and Immunology
This page was last updated on 26/12/2015.
This paper is core for Nutrition, Optometry and Pharmacy students. It's often considered one of the easiest stage II MEDSCI papers, HOWEVER as many students may find it easy you can imagine that not everyone will be able to get the high grades they think they’d get, which I personally did not. But it's a very interesting paper and has very entertaining lecturers (e.g. Roger Booth sings again!), with most of the examinable content inside the course guide and/or lecture slides - but don't mistake that to mean that it is content light. If this isn’t a core paper for you then I suggest not waiting till just a few weeks before university starts to enrol, to secure your spot in the class.
These labs are weekly 2 hour labs that are really really fun, fairly easy and almost always finish early. The lab content is focused around differentiating different bacteria and determining antibiotic sensitivity. This content is very useful for the final exam as well. Lab assessments are done in pairs or table groups. In the later labs there is the opportunity to test yourself for allergies, blood type and, if you are a carrier of different microorganisms. Lab reports are quite easily and can be done in individually or in pairs.
There are a total of 8 labs; with the 1st lab as sort of an introduction to basic laboratory technique.
Pay attention in the first lab especially because the rest of the labs all use similar technique. The last lab is pretty cool where you can use your accumulated knowledge to find out your own allergens and blood type! Overall, the labs are highly relevant to the lecture content and really does help if you're a kinesthetic learner.
In MEDSCI 202, you would find different from other courses that some sections are jumbled up. The lecturers do not finish teaching all the content of their section before another lecture starts theirs. However, learning different fields of microbiology lecture after lecture isn’t all that bad and is actually kind of refreshing in my opinion.
This is the first lecture you will have and is the basis for building your foundation for later courses. It outlines the basics of microbiology and offers you your first insight of what you will be doing in the laboratories, so attending these lectures will immensely help you in your labs. The content isn't too hard and it jogs your memory for some information which you would have likely had learnt from other papers.
This is one of the lecture blocks which I found to be the most enjoyable and I could not wait for the next lecture. It is taught by Roger Booth, which is enough to make you want to attend lectures. The content was very interesting as Roger really captures the students with his various ways of teaching (it’s a surprise!). His unique teaching style helps learning his content so much more interesting and his lectures are very memorable. These are the lectures you do not want to miss because everyone will be talking about it. Content itself is not extremely heavy but will require a bit of diagram memorisation (although they are quite simple diagrams). It does contain some important content which will relate to other papers and concepts taught by other lecturers, so it is very beneficial that you know them and understand them well.
This is one of the more content heavy sections of the course. There are many concepts which have many examples; you are required to have some knowledge of those examples. There are also quite a few numbers (and statistics) that you will also need to know for the exam. It might help to summarise the content into tables where you can effectively understand and remember the content. This topic does make up quite a big part of this paper.
This section is very similar to bacteria section; there will be many examples given and you are required to know them for your finals. Familiarising yourself with statistics provided could give you an advantage in your final exam. This section is slightly dull compared to the others but is interesting in its own way. You will enjoy this section if you are interested in how viruses work and how we respond to certain viruses. Also, Associate Professor Mark Thomas, who teaches part of this content, explains things slowly and clearly with hand gestures in a way that makes the lectures fun and memorable. It is one of the larger sections which will be examined so making a table (or something similar) would help you learn the examples better. Just be careful that in the lectures, the images can be quite graphic so do be careful if you're fainthearted!
Hypersensitivity and Immune Deficiencies
Although this is only one lecture the content may overwhelm you, there will be many new terms that you are required to learn and potentially could be tested, from past papers this should prove so. I would suggest you get on top of this section before it gets too close to finals as it is a section where you can get some good marks on as there is only so much of it that could be examined.
Parasitology, Noscomical Infections
This section will require learning lots of diagrams and processes. The content itself is not too difficult but I would recommend reorganising the diagrams in your own way so you remember it better. This part does relate well to other papers you may do so it's quite handy to know this section well.