Gold CoastSession 1Session 1

Unit description

Builds on the level of understanding obtained in the units of Microbiology and Immunology. There is an increased focus on diagnosis and control of infectious diseases in humans, and on analysis and interpretation of complex microbiological data. Students will develop investigative and analytical skills and be able to solve clinical cases related to infectious diseases.

Unit content

  • Laboratory management and collection procedures for clinical specimens.
  • Bacterial, viral, fungal and parasitic infections of the body systems.
  • Pulmonary and systemic opportunistic infections.
  • Clinical virology.
  • Antimicrobial drugs.

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 1

  • Tille, PM, 2017, Bailey & Scott's Diagnostic Microbiology, 14th edn, Elsevier, St. Louis, Missouri, USA. ISBN: 9780323354820.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Gold Coast

Teaching method
Lecture online 1 hr (12 wks)
Laboratory session 2 x 2 hrs (6 wks)
Laboratory session 3 x 2 hrs (1 wk )
Exam: closed book50%
OSCA with VIVA10%

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

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Fee information


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