Fall 2021 - HSCI 212 D100

Perspectives on Infectious and Immunological Diseases (3)

Class Number: 2123

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
    SWH 10081, Burnaby

    Fr 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
    SSCB 9201, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 10, 2021
    12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
    SWH 10081, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    HSCI 100 or BISC 101, HSCI 130, all with a minimum grade of C-.



An integrated survey of infectious diseases and their social and economic causes and consequences. Infectious agents, including bacteria, protozoa, fungi and viruses -- how they spread, how they work, and how they can be stopped. Surveillance, prevention, and management of infectious diseases and epidemics.


HSCI 212 is an introductory course. Its chief objective is for students to gain foundational knowledge of infectious diseases from a multi-disciplinary perspective that includes basic aspects of microbial pathogenesis, infectious disease epidemiology, clinical diagnosis and treatment, and societal impact.


By the end of the course, students should be able to describe and discuss the role of key health science-related research disciplines in disease prevention and control, the interplay between agent/host/environment and other factors that influence disease spread and persistence, and the role of socio-economic status in disease transmission. In addition, students should be able to work cooperatively to demonstrate and communicate knowledge of infectious diseases to peers.


  • Case studies/reports 25%
  • Assignments 50%
  • Exam 25%


TEACHING FORMAT: Modular units (covering select topics) taught in person along with weekday in-person tutorials.


Tutorials are mandatory. Students must choose one of the available sessions.



There is no prescribed text for this course. In general, reading materials will be provided on or via the course website (Canvas).


J. Boyle & S. Ramsay. Writing for Science Students. Red Globe Press. 
ISBN: 9781137571526

Registrar Notes:


SFU’s Academic Integrity web site http://www.sfu.ca/students/academicintegrity.html is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating.  Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.

Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the University community.  Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the University. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the University. http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student/s10-01.html


Teaching at SFU in fall 2021 will involve primarily in-person instruction, with approximately 70 to 80 per cent of classes in person/on campus, with safety plans in place.  Whether your course will be in-person or through remote methods will be clearly identified in the schedule of classes.  You will also know at enrollment whether remote course components will be “live” (synchronous) or at your own pace (asynchronous).

Enrolling in a course acknowledges that you are able to attend in whatever format is required.  You should not enroll in a course that is in-person if you are not able to return to campus, and should be aware that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who may need class or exam accommodations, including in the context of remote learning, are advised to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112) as early as possible in order to prepare for the fall 2021 term.