Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 0 (NATIONAL PRIORITY), 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
OfferedSunway First semester 2012 (Day)
Parkville First semester 2012 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Associate Professor Helen Irving (Parkville); Dr Saravanan Muniyandy (Sunway)


To introduce 3rd year pharmacy students to essential elements of microbiology and immunology. In the process, students will develop their abilities to integrate microbiological and immunological concepts as a basis for later work in other subjects within the pharmaceutical sciences.

This will involve the study of:

  • Bacteria (general principles and microbial genetics)
  • Eukaryotic microbes
  • Virology
  • Epidemiology
  • Immunology
  • Microbiological diseases (diseases and host responses)
  • Industrial microbiology


At the end of this unit students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate fundamental concepts in microbiology and associated immunology including basic technologies, classification of microorganisms, principles of microbial genetics, and immunological processes.
  2. evaluate and differentiate basic microbiological laboratory techniques and how to apply these to the identification of different types of pathogenic microorganisms.
  3. demonstrate an appreciation of factors involved in contamination control and control of infectious diseases .
  4. illustrate the ecological role of microorganisms and analyse interactions between microorganisms and the host including interactions with humans and the principles of immunology and epidemiology.


Final exam (2.5 hour): 75%; mid-semester exam: on-going practicals and assignments: 25%.

Chief examiner(s)

Associate Professor Helen Irving

Contact hours

36 x 1hour lectures, 3 x 2hour tutorials, 5 x 2hour practicals


PAC2151 Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
PAC2161 Cell Function, Communication and Pathology

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