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VCP2062 - Pharmaceutical Microbiology I

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Victorian College of Pharmacy

Leader: Dr Helen Irving and Dr Dan Malone


Parkville Second semester 2007 (Day)


Introductory microbiology. Elementary microbial genetics. Host-parasite relationships. Systematic microbiology. Immunology. Anti-infective agents. Epidemiology.


The principle aim of this subject is to provide students with an understanding of microbiology and microbiological concepts as a basis for later work in other subjects within the pharmaceutical and formulation sciences.
In this teaching program, students are expected to develop:

  1. Understanding basic microbiology including basic classification and principles of microbial genetics, ecological role of microorganisms including interaction with humans, principles of immunology and epidemiology
  2. Abilities in handling, culturing and identifying micro-organisms
  3. An appreciation of factors involved in contamination control and infectious diseases


Examination (2 hours) 70%
On-going assessments 20%
Practical Work 10%
The examination and on-going assessments will test all three major objectives, whereas the practical component will be more focused on assessing objective no. 2.

Contact hours

39 (13 weeks of 3) lectures and 9 x 3 hour practical sessions. Successful completion of this unit will require participants to allocate an average of 3-5 hour per week for 13 weeks (a total of 1-2 hours per study period [lecture]).


Successfully completed level 1 of the Bachelor of Pharmacy


The other core compulsory subjects of the Bachelor of Pharmacy