MIC2022 - Microbes in health and disease - 2019

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)

Professor Julian Rood


Professor Julian Rood
Dr Jen Moffatt

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2019 (On-campus)


MIC2011 and Recommended: MOL2022 and MCB2022




Builds on MIC2011 and focuses on the interactions of micro-organisms with humans and animals. Describes the practical importance of micro-organisms in health and disease. Aspects of infection studied include host-pathogen interactions, pathogenesis, epidemiology and basic immunity. Several human infectious diseases are studied in detail, including examples of bacterial, viral and parasitic diseases that have major impacts on human health.


On completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Explain the importance of micro-organisms in human health and disease;
  2. Outline how host and pathogenic factors of micro-organisms affect the outcome of infection;
  3. Describe basic mechanisms of immunity to infection and the development and use of vaccines;
  4. Explain how infectious diseases are spread and controlled, and the susceptibility and resistance of microbial pathogens to antimicrobial agents;
  5. Outline different microbial pathogens including bacteria, viruses and parasites, their modes of pathogenesis, diseases caused, epidemiology and treatment;
  6. Demonstrate knowledge of microbiological methodology and laboratory skills that are used to study microbial pathogens;
  7. Demonstrate effective communication of microbiology concepts and experiments by oral and written means.


NOTE: From 1 July 2019, the duration of all exams is changing to combine reading and writing time. The new exam duration for this unit is 2 hours and 10 minutes.

Mid-semester test: 10%

Evaluation of practical and workshop activities: 50% (Hurdle)

Examination (2 hours and 10 minutes): 40% (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

A total of 12 hours per week including 6 hours of directed learning (such

as lectures, practicals and active learning workshops) and 6 hours of

private study.

See also Unit timetable information

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study