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2021 unit offering information will be available in September 2020

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.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
On completion of this unit, students should be able to:GA1GA2GA3GA4GA5GA6GA7
1identify and distinguish among common human microbial pathogens and normal floraKnowledge of a discipline
2summarise and compare human microbial infectious diseasesKnowledge of a discipline
3apply conventional and modern methods for diagnosing and controlling bacterial, viral, fungal and parasitic infectionsKnowledge of a discipline
4solve a series of clinical cases in human infectious diseases of the soft tissues, respiratory, and urogenital tracts and complete clinical laboratory reportsKnowledge of a disciplineCommunication and social skills
5solve a series of clinical cases in human infectious diseases of the digestive system and complete clinical laboratory reportsKnowledge of a disciplineCommunication and social skills
6solve a series of clinical cases in human infectious diseases of the nervous and cardiovascular systems and complete clinical laboratory reportsKnowledge of a disciplineCommunication and social skills
7evaluate specimen collection procedures.Ethical practiceKnowledge of a discipline

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

  1. identify and distinguish among common human microbial pathogens and normal flora
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  2. summarise and compare human microbial infectious diseases
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  3. apply conventional and modern methods for diagnosing and controlling bacterial, viral, fungal and parasitic infections
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  4. solve a series of clinical cases in human infectious diseases of the soft tissues, respiratory, and urogenital tracts and complete clinical laboratory reports
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
  5. solve a series of clinical cases in human infectious diseases of the digestive system and complete clinical laboratory reports
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
  6. solve a series of clinical cases in human infectious diseases of the nervous and cardiovascular systems and complete clinical laboratory reports
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
  7. evaluate specimen collection procedures.
    • GA3: Ethical practice
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline

Teaching and assessment

Notice

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

Southern Cross University employs different teaching methods within units to provide students with the flexibility to choose the mode of learning that best suits them. SCU academics strive to use the latest approaches and, as a result, the learning modes and materials may change. The most current information regarding a unit will be provided to enrolled students at the beginning of the study session.

Fee information

Domestic

Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2021 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 2

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International

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