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Clinical Microbiology II (BMS424)

Organisational Unit Medical, Molecular and Forensic Sciences
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S2-internal
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S2
Description This unit will equip students with a graduate level understanding of the infectious diseases encountered, and the techniques used, in the clinical diagnostic microbiology laboratory. There is an emphasis on professional issues associated with working in a clinical microbiology laboratory, as well as mycology and parasitology. This unit covers major infectious diseases that a diagnostic microbiologist encounter in a diagnostic laboratory, as well as the identification of key fungal and parasitic pathogens through laboratory testing using conventional and molecular diagnostic techniques.
Unit Learning Outcomes On completion of this unit, you should be able to demonstrate the following learning outcomes and skills:
ULO1. Describe the common fungal infectious agents of humans
ULO2. Describe and discuss the laboratory investigation of common fungal diseases
ULO3. Demonstrate the ability to identify common fungal diseases using appropriate laboratory testing
ULO4. Describe the common parasitic infectious agents of humans
ULO5. Describe and discuss the laboratory investigation of common parasites causing disease in humans
ULO6. Demonstrate the ability to identify common parasites using appropriate laboratory testing
ULO7. Interpret and evaluate the relevance of laboratory findings to clinical presentation
ULO8. Competence in basic laboratory diagnostic techniques
ULO9. Describe conventional and modern diagnostic techniques.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures/Tutorials: 3 hours per week; laboratory sessions: 4 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 clinical microbiology discipline. Attendance at lectures is strongly recommended and is particularly important for the practical laboratory classes.
Assessment 1) Mid semester theory test;
2) Mid semester practical test;
3) Laboratory reports and Oral presentation
4) Theory exam:
Prerequisites BMS324 Clinical Microbiology I
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Bachelor of Laboratory Medicine (BLabMed) [New in 2020]
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.


Unit Coordinator
Dr Amanda Ash
Lecturer in Parasitology

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2729
e: A.Ash@murdoch.edu.au
o: 250.3.005 - Veterinary Biology, Murdoch Campus
Unit Contacts

MURDOCH: S2-Internal
Dr Amanda Ash
Lecturer in Parasitology

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2729
e: A.Ash@murdoch.edu.au
o: 250.3.005 - Veterinary Biology, Murdoch Campus
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