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Monash University

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Associate Professor John Boyce and Professor Julian Rood



  • First semester 2016 (Day)


In this unit, aspects of microbiology are presented which are relevant to infectious diseases. It builds on the content of previous subjects providing a basis of the study of medical microbiology, especially the nature of microbial infections of different body systems, immunity and mechanisms of host resistance, vaccines and the mode of action of antibiotics and how microbes become resistant to them.


On completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Describe medically important micro-organisms that cause disease in human and animal hosts;

  1. Describe the micro-organisms that cause infections in different body systems such as skin; respiratory tract; gastrointestinal tract; genitourinary tract and the cardiovascular system. Including microbial pathogenesis, transmission, diagnosis, prevention and treatment;

  1. Describe the microbial pathogenesis, transmission, diagnosis, prevention and treatment of different infections;

  1. Explain the host response to infection, mechanisms of host resistance;

  1. Describe the principles of antimicrobial action and how microbes become resistant to them;

  1. Demonstrate the ability to execute laboratory experiments relevant to advanced medical microbiology, including culturing of micro-organism, microscopy and advanced diagnostic methods used to identify microbial pathogens;

6. Communicate experimental results through the writing of scientific reports and oral presentations.


Written theory examination (three hours): 50%
Mid-semester examination: 15%
Theory of practical examination (two hours): 15%
Laboratory reports and practical class assessment: 20%

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 up to one 3-hour laboratory class and one 1-hour tutorial/ discussion/pre-laboratory session per week

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