Faculty of Science

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Science
OfferedGippsland Second semester 2015 (Day)
Malaysia Second semester 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Andrew Greenhill (Gippsland); Prof. Sunil K. Lal (Malaysia)


BTH3722 focuses on infectious diseases of the organ systems, summarising the aetiology, pathogenesis and laboratory identification of important pathogens. The epidemiology of infectious disease and strategies for disease control are highlighted. The mode of action of antimicrobial drugs, their role in treating infectious disease and the problems of drug resistance are discussed. Techniques for laboratory diagnosis of infectious disease, and safe handling of pathogens, are emphasised.


On completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Explain how microbes cause disease, with particular emphasis on bacterial and viral pathogenicity;

  1. Discuss the epidemiology of infectious disease;

  1. Discuss the role of chemotherapy and the importance of drug resistance in the treatment of infectious disease;

  1. Describe the role of microorganisms in selected infectious diseases associated with the different organ systems;

  1. Discuss relevant diagnostic techniques used in clinical microbiology laboratories;

  1. Describe and perform techniques used in diagnostic serology;

  1. Demonstrate competence in laboratory procedures for handling and processing microbiological specimens.


Final written examination (3 hours): 60%
Mid-semester test: 10%.
Laboratory work: 30% (comprising performance: 10%, one full report: 5%, diagnostic lab worksheets and discussion: 7.5%, and project worksheets and discussion: 7.5%)

Workload requirements

Three hours of lectures and an average of three hours of laboratory classes per week

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