PAC3191 - Microbiology and immunology - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences


Dr Phil Bergen (Parkville)

Dr Manish Gupta (Malaysia)

Unit guides



  • First semester 2017 (Day)


  • First semester 2017 (Day)


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
  • virology
  • epidemiology
  • immunology
  • microbiological diseases (diseases and host responses).


At the end of this unit students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate fundamental concepts in microbiology and associated immunology including basic technologies, classification of microorganisms, principles of microbial genetics, and immunological processes;
  2. evaluate and differentiate basic microbiological laboratory techniques and how to apply these to the identification of different types of pathogenic microorganisms;
  3. demonstrate an appreciation of factors involved in contamination control and control of infectious diseases;
  4. 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%.

Workload requirements

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

Chief examiner(s)


PAC2151 Biochemistry and molecular biology

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