MIC3041 - Medical microbiology - 2018

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.



Chief examiner(s)

Associate Professor John Boyce


Associate Professor John Boyce
Professor Julian Rood

Not offered in 2018


BMS2052 or MIC2022




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;
  2. 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;
  3. Describe the microbial pathogenesis, transmission, diagnosis, prevention and treatment of different infections;
  4. Explain the host response to infection, mechanisms of host resistance;
  5. Describe the principles of antimicrobial action and how microbes become resistant to them;
  6. 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;
  7. Communicate experimental results through the writing of scientific reports and oral presentations.


Mid-semester test: 15%

Theory examination (3 hours): 45% (Hurdle)

Practical examination (2 hours): 15% (Hurdle)

In-semester assessment tasks: 25% (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

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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