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Medical Microbiology (BMS212)

Organisational Unit Medical, Molecular and Forensic Sciences
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1-internal
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Description Basic knowledge and practical skills in microbiology relating to human and comparative animal infections, including sections on viruses, bacteria, mycoplasma, rickettsia, and chlamydia. Virology: introduction to classification of viruses, a description of structure, mode of replication, and discussion of selected human and zoonotic virus infections. Bacteriology: introduction to general features of pathogenic bacteria including structure, metabolism, genetics, culture and identification, with emphasis on mechanisms by which they cause disease and the principles of diagnosis and control.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit you should be able to:

1. Characterise viruses, including their detection and cultivation.
2. Explain the important pathogenic features of major virus groups relevant to human health.
3. Explain how viruses are transmitted including emerging infectious diseases and their control.
4. Characterise bacteria, including their structure, metabolism and growth.
5. Explain the principles of disinfection, sterilisation, immunity, antibiotics and antimicrobials.
6. Explain the principles behind diagnosing major bacterial infections of clinical significance.
7. Explain how new microbial diseases and/or antimicrobial resistance can emerge.
8. Characterise mycoplasma and rickettsia.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 3 hours per week; practicals: 3 hours per week for 5 weeks in total.
Unit Learning Experiences The approach to learning in this unit is to study the content in two parts with blended learning strategies involving a series of lectures, self-directed learning tasks, practical laboratory classes and group learning activities. Approximately 10 hours per week is required in total for all learning activities. The first part is focussed on viruses and the second part covers bacteriology. Attendance at lectures is strongly recommended and is particularly important for the practical laboratory classes. There are online quizzes and a mid-semester examination in virology with a practical and theory examination in bacteriology. The laboratory classes require students to learn and perform routine diagnostic laboratory procedures and conduct microbiology experiments. On average there will be 6 hours contact time (3 lectures per week and one 3-hour practical class, given in two consecutive parts: LAB1 (2 hrs) and LAB2 (1 hr), and 3 hours self-directed study per week.
Other Learning Experiences On-line learning activities:1 hours per week.
Assessment Learning outcomes will be collectively demonstrated by the following summative assessment tasks:
* Online Quizzes (10 multiple choice questions) (20%) weekly (ULO 1-8).
* Mid-semester theory 1.5 hr exam (Virology) (30%) during week 8 (ULO1-3, 5).
* Diagnostic report (Bacteriology) (10%) due end of week 15 (ULO 4).
* Final practical 1.5 hr exam (Bacteriology) (10%) in formal assessment period (ULO 6).
* Final theory 2hr exam (Bacteriology) (30%) in formal assessment period (ULO 4-8).

The final grade will be based on the sum of marks in each assessment.
It is not necessary to pass all assessments in order to pass the unit.
Feedback will be given from the unit coordinator.
Prerequisites Nil.
Exclusions Students who have successfully completed BMS203 Comparative and Human Microbiology may not enrol in this unit for credit.
Notes For the purpose of progression in Biomedical Science, this unit is considered essential and not equivalent to BIO246 Microbiology. It incorporates a significant virology component that is not contained in BIO246. This unit is considered an important requisite for BMS314 Pathological Basis of Disease and BMS315 Advances in Medical Science and for all Biomedical Science graduates.
Previously 2014: 'Comparative and Human Microbiology'
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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Bachelor of Laboratory Medicine (BLabMed) [New in 2020]
Biomedical Science (BSc) [New in 2020]
Clinical Laboratory Science (BSc) [New in 2020]
Genetics and Molecular Biology (BSc)
Appears in these Minors Biomedical Science
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


Unit Coordinator
Professor Cassandra Berry
Professor Immunology

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2267
e: c.berry@murdoch.edu.au
o: 250.2.032 - Building 250, Murdoch Campus
Unit Contacts

MURDOCH: S1-Internal
Professor Cassandra Berry
Professor Immunology

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2267
e: c.berry@murdoch.edu.au
o: 250.2.032 - Building 250, Murdoch Campus
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