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Clinical Microbiology I (BMS324)

Organisational Unit Medical, Molecular and Forensic Sciences
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S2-internal (quota of 48 places)
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S2
Description Clinical microbiology is the branch of laboratory medicine that is concerned with the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of infectious diseases. This unit will equip students with a good understanding of diagnostic medical bacteriology and virology and develop the skills required to function in the diagnostic microbiology workplace. Identification of key bacterial and viral pathogens is emphasised through laboratory testing including by serology, antigen detection methods and molecular diagnostics. Also covered are antimicrobial agents and antimicrobial resistance, and antimicrobial sensitivity testing.
Unit Learning Outcomes On completion of this unit, you should be able to demonstrate the following learning outcomes and skills:
1. Describe the common bacterial infectious agents of humans.
2. Describe and discuss the laboratory investigation of common bacterial diseases.
3. Interpret and evaluate the relevance of laboratory findings to clinical presentation.
4. Demonstrate the ability to identify common bacterial using appropriate laboratory testing.
5. Competence in basic laboratory diagnostic techniques.
6. Describe conventional and modern diagnostic techniques.
7. Describe the concepts of antimicrobial resistance in clinical settings.
8. Competence in antimicrobial susceptibility testing.
9. Describe of molecular and next generation sequencing using in bacterial and viral diagnostics.
10. Describe the concepts of multi-drug resistant bacterial clones in health care settings.
11. Describe the common viral infectious agents of humans.
12. Describe and discuss the laboratory investigation of common viral diseases.
14. Demonstrate the ability to identify common viral using appropriate laboratory testing.
15. Describe vaccination principles.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 2 hours per week; Tutorials: 1 hour per week; Laboratory sessions: 2 x 2 hours per week.
Unit Learning Experiences The learning experience in this unit consists of structured lecture content that is carefully aligned with practical laboratory sessions. In this way, the lectures inform the practical sessions, while the practicals reinforce the lecture content and develop the students experimental, generic and problem-solving skills. The practicals are designed to ensure student exposure to all the key techniques of the medical microbiology discipline. Attendance at lectures is strongly recommended and is particularly important for the practical laboratory classes.
Assessment 1) Mid semester practical test: to demonstrate theoretical knowledge and practical competency of diagnostic microbiology laboratory methods in bacteriology, to identify microorganisms, and to appropriately determine susceptibility testing in the laboratory setting.
2) Mid semester theory test: to demonstrate and apply their theoretical and practical knowledge of infectious diseases and associated laboratory tests.
3) Practical exam: to demonstrate theoretical knowledge and practical competency of diagnostic microbiology laboratory methods in bacteriology and virology, and to identify microorganisms in the laboratory setting.
4) Theory exam: to demonstrate and apply their theoretical and practical knowledge of the pathogenesis and control of infectious diseases (including bacteriology and virology), and the methods used in the diagnostic microbiology laboratory to identify and inform treatment these infections.
Prerequisites BMS212 Medical Microbiology
Quota This unit is subject to quota. Due to limited laboratory space and equipment. Preference will be given to students enrolled in Laboratory Medicine (BSc/BLabMed) or Clinical Laboratory Science (BSc)
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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Clinical Laboratory Science (BSc) [New in 2015]
Laboratory Medicine (BSc/BLabMed) [New in 2016]
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.


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