Immunology and Infection (2 Credit Hours)

Event Date : 29/05/2025 - 29/07/2025
Start 29 May 2025


The aim of this course is to build an understanding of the complex nature of immune system and its interactions with infectious microorganisms. To do this, a strong grasp of immunology and microbiology is required. This is a micro-credential course which explores the immune responses to opportunistic microflora and pathogens that attack the human body. The many ways and means that microorganisms deploy to cause disease (pathogenesis) are discussed. It covers the mechanism of subversion that microorganisms employ to evade the immune system, and what happens when the immune response goes wrong. The methods of immunological and molecular detection of infectious disease are also covered. Finally, it will encompass how we can harness the power of the immune response for treatment and prevention of disease. Learners who successfully complete this module are eligible for credit exemption in the MSc in Molecular Medicine programme in IMU.

Learners are expected to possess some basic knowledge in immunology and microbiology, though this is not mandatory. Learners who have limited background in immunology are encouraged to make use of the guided reading materials as these provide fundamental knowledge in immunology and infectious disease concepts.

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Mode of Delivery / Credit Hours

  • Open and Distance Learning (ODL) path
    Synchronous = 0 (%)
    Asynchronous = 100(%)
  • Credit Hours: 2

At the end of this course, the learners should be able to:

  1. Define and relate the factors involved in microbial pathogenesis and microbial subversion.
  2. Dissect host-pathogen interactions.
  3. Evaluate clinical and laboratory analyses of important infectious diseases.
  4. Compare and analyse the strategies in immune therapeutics and vaccine development.
  5. Display effective communication skills, presentation skills, teamwork, and professionalism.
  6. Demonstrate competencies in information management, critiquing, analysing scientific literature and ethics.

  • Host-pathogen interaction
  • Microbiological mechanisms of pathogenicity
  • Laboratory diagnosis

  • Learners who are interested in Master in Molecular Medicine but are yet to commit to the full Master programme
  • Medical doctors who are interested in the molecular mechanisms of immunology and infections
  • Researchers of biomedical background who are interested to know how molecular biology is applied to patients’ treatment.

  • Prof Victor Lim
    - Malaysian Society of Infectious Diseases and Chemotherapy, Founding Member and Past President (National)
    – Academy of Medicine of Malaysia, Past Master (National)
    – Malaysian Medical Association, Life Member (National)
    – Western Pacific Society for Chemotherapy, Past President (International)
  • Dr Kenny Voon Gah Leong
    - International Society for Infectious Disease – member
    – Australasian Virology Society – member
    – Malaysian Society of Parasitology and Tropical Medicine – member
    – Malaysian Biosecurity and Biosafety Association – member

  • Dr Amalraj Fabian Davamani
    - American society of Microbiology (ASM)
    – Indian Association of biomedical Scientists (IABMS)
    – Indian Association of Microbiologist (IAM)
    – School of Health Education (SHE)


General / Public RM1800
Students & Alumni RM1440
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