6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL
Undergraduate - Unit
Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.
Dr Phil Bergen (Parkville)
Dr Manish Gupta (Malaysia)
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 and apply these to a limited number of applications contained within the unit and 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
- microbiological diseases (diseases and host responses).
At the end of this unit students will be able to:
- demonstrate fundamental concepts in microbiology and associated immunology including basic technologies, classification of microorganisms, principles of microbial genetics, and immunological processes;
- evaluate and differentiate basic microbiological laboratory techniques and how to apply these to the identification of different types of pathogenic microorganisms;
- demonstrate an appreciation of factors involved in contamination control and control of infectious diseases;
- 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): 60%; mid-semester tests: 20%; on-going practicals and assignments: 20%.
Contact hours for on-campus students:
- Thirty six 1-hour lectures
- Two 1 hour mid-semester tests
- Two 1-hour tutorials (whole class feedback sessions)
- Five 2-hour practicals
See also Unit timetable information
PAC2151 Biochemistry and molecular biology