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
OfferedClayton Second semester 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Mr Mohamed Mohideen


Builds on MIC2011 and focuses on the interactions of micro-organisms with each other or with other types of living organisms. Describes the practical importance of micro-organisms in health and disease. Aspects of infection studied include pathogenesis, epidemiology and basic immunity. Viruses are introduced, including an explanation of how their structure is related to their classification and strategies of replication in living cells. Several human infectious diseases are studied in detail, including examples of bacterial, viral and parasitic diseases that have major impacts on human health.


On completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Explain the importance of micro-organisms in human health and disease;

  1. Outline how host and pathogenic factors of micro-organisms affect the outcome of infection;

  1. Describe basic mechanisms of immunity to infection and the development and use of vaccines;

  1. Explain how infectious diseases are spread and controlled, and the susceptibility and resistance of microbial pathogens to antimicrobial agents;

  1. Outline different microbial pathogens including bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites, their modes of pathogenesis, diseases caused, epidemiology and treatment;

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of microbiological methodology and laboratory skills that are used to study microbial pathogens;

  1. Demonstrate effective communication of microbial experiments by oral and written means.


Mid-semester test (50 min): 10%
Examinations: Theory Paper 1 - 40% and Practical Paper 2 - 25%
Practical reports and quizzes: 20%
Laboratory practical skills: 5%
A pass in both the theory and practical components of the unit must be obtained to pass the unit.

Workload requirements

Three 1-hour lectures and one 3-hour practical/tutorial/self-directed learning exercise per week

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Chief examiner(s)

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study


MIC2011 + Recommended: MOL2011 and MOL2022


BMS2052, BTH2722