MIC3032 - Pathogenesis of bacterial infectious diseases - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Dr Meredith Hughes

Associate Professor Dena Lyras

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2017 (Day)


The unit will introduce the student to the methods and approaches used to analyse pathogenic mechanisms of bacterial infections. The emphasis is on genetic approaches to studying pathogenesis, processes in pathogenesis, bacterial exotoxins and endotoxins. The details of these processes for selected bacterial infections will be studied by discussion of the most recent scientific research literature in this area.


On completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Describe the processes of bacterial pathogenesis including adhesion, cell invasion, replication and the production of bacterial toxins;
  2. Explain the genetic approaches used to study bacterial pathogenesis;
  3. Describe the innate immune response to bacterial pathogens;
  4. Demonstrate knowledge of the current literature on pathogenic mechanisms for selected bacterial infections;
  5. Perform literature based research using online databases to collect, analyse and interpret research literature relevant to a specific bacterial pathogen and to effectively communicate this by oral presentation and the preparation of a book chapter;
  6. Demonstrate the ability to work co-operatively in a small group writing, planning, editing and assembling a scientific book.


Mid-semester test (45 mins): 10%

Examination (2.5 hours): 40% (Hurdle)

Tutorial component assessment: 50% (Hurdle)

This unit is subject to the Hurdle and Threshold Standards policiesHurdle and Threshold Standards policies (http://www.med.monash.edu.au/policies/assessment-policy-2017.html) of the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing & Health Sciences.

Workload requirements

Two 1-hour lectures and 2 hours of tutorial/discussion/research colloquium session per week

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