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BIOL – 495/595


Lecture Time: Tuesday and Thursday ( 9:30 – 10:50 AM )

Location: Biological Science Building ( BSB-105)

Objective: The number of emerging infectious diseases (EIDs) continues to increase. In the global context, 335 infectious emerging diseases were recognized between 1940 and 2004. The majority of these (60.3%) are zoonoses (transmissible between animal and human populations). The hotspots of EID appearance are concentrated in higher latitudes (northeastern USA, western Europe, Japan, southeastern Australia), highlighting the significant socio-economic impact that these diseases can have on both local and global populations. These issues are partially responsible for the interest in new programs at the University of Alberta (e.g. Immunology and Infection program offered jointly through Dept. of Biological Sciences and MMI; BSc Animal Health Program offered through the Faculty of Agricultural, Life & Environmental Sciences; establishing of both the School of Public Health and the Centre for Prions and Protein Folding Diseases). Further, the University of Alberta is engaged in pan-Alberta initiatives (e.g. the new Alberta Veterinary Research Institute) that look to address issues associated with spread of infectious diseases to animal and human populations.

Students pursuing careers in biology, immunology, veterinary or public health may or may not need to diagnose disease directly or know the details of each disease that they encounter. They will, however, need a broad understanding of host-pathogen interactions and the basic mechanisms of disease progression to properly assess the short and long-term impact of pathogenesis to the health of animal and human populations and to the global socio-economic structure. This course looks to fill this niche, integrating basic concepts with current literature.

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

General Course Consideration

Exam Dates:

Midterm Examination: Oct. 20, 2009
Final Examination: Dec. 8, 2009 (Room TBA)


5% Presentation #1
5% Presentation #2
10% Class Participation (lectures + discussions)
35% Midterm exam (no deferrals)
45% Final exam

Class Interactions: We encourage questions and discussion during the lecture.

University Code of Conduct: β€œThe University of Alberta is committed to the highest standards of academic integrity and honesty. Students are expected to be familiar with these standards regarding academic honesty and to uphold the policies of the University in this respect. Students are particularly urged to familiarize themselves with the provisions of the Code of Student Behaviour (online at and avoid any behaviour which could potentially result in suspicions of cheating, plagiarism, misrepresentation of facts and/or participation in an offence. Academic dishonesty is a serious offence and can result in suspension or expulsion from the University.”

Plagiarism: No student shall submit the words, ideas, images or data of another person as the student's own in any academic writing or assignment in a course without proper reference materials.

Cheating: No student shall, in the course of an examination, obtain or attempt to obtain from another student or unauthorized source. It is also an offense to represent or attempt to represent oneself as someone or oneself represented by another in the taking of an examination or preparation of any course related activity. Students should refer to the online Code of Student Behaviour for a full description of academic offences.

Resource Materials: Will be provided by individual instructors and details will be posted on the course schedule.

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