Unit description

Builds on the level of understanding obtained in the units of Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics. 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

Topic 1: Pathogenic microorganisms (their handling, including safety requirements), cultivation, isolation and relationship to the indigenous flora of humans and animals)

Topic 2: Protein cecretion in bacteria.

Topic 3: Bacterial genetics and molecular biology

Topic 4: Lateral gene transfer in bacteria  

Topic 5: Gene knockouts

Topic 6: Introduction to the use of prokaryotes in genetic engineering

Topic 7: Recombinant DNA Technology

Topic 8: Data processing and numerical analysis in clinical microbiology; 

Topic 9: Antibiotics and antibiotic sensitivity testing.

Topic 10: A detailed study of the common and most important bacteria and yeast pathogens and the diseases they cause

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

Teaching and assessment


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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Commencing 2017 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 2

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