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Unit description

Learners explore the human microbiome (specifically the community of microorganisms inhabiting the gut, skin and vagina), the characterisation of both normal and altered microbial diversity and composition, and the relationship between the microbiome and human health. The role of the environment, diet, pharmaceutical and herbal medicines, nutrients and lifestyle habits on the development and treatment of dysbiosis are also examined. Learners critically evaluate different microbial assessment methods and integrative strategies for maintaining a healthy microbiome.  

Unit content

Topic 1: The human microbiome

Topic 2: Influences on the human microbiome

Topic 3: Assessment of the gut microbiome

Topic 4: Gut microbiome and gastrointestinal health

Topic 5: Gut microbiome and general health

Topic 6: Integrative approaches to the maintenance of a healthy gut microbiome

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.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:
1describe current understanding of the human microbiome
2demonstrate a critical understanding of the factors that impact the human microbiome
3describe the benefits and limitations of current approaches to measuring the gut microbiome
4critically relate normal and altered microbial diversity and composition to gastrointestinal health
5analyse the relationship between the gut microbiome and human health
6critically evaluate integrative approaches to managing dysbiosis and maintaining a healthy gut microbiome

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. describe current understanding of the human microbiome
  2. demonstrate a critical understanding of the factors that impact the human microbiome
  3. describe the benefits and limitations of current approaches to measuring the gut microbiome
  4. critically relate normal and altered microbial diversity and composition to gastrointestinal health
  5. analyse the relationship between the gut microbiome and human health
  6. critically evaluate integrative approaches to managing dysbiosis and maintaining a healthy gut microbiome

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Teaching and assessment

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