This subject introduces students to the study of the organisms responsible for infectious diseases. Students will acquire a knowledge of the different types of bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites that are responsible for infections in humans, and some basic skills in identifying some of these organisms. Specialised topics to be covered include normal flora, antibiotic resistance and the use of genetic engineering and recombinant technology. This subject will be an important foundation for studies of the immune system that will follow.
|Faculty||Faculty of Health Sciences & Medicine|
1. Understand the history, scope and future of microbiology.
2. Understand the differences between the major groups of pathogenic organisms (bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites) in terms of structure and function.
3. Understand the broad principles of how the human body resists infection, and how microbes can circumvent these defensive measures.
4. Understand the relationship between normal microbial flora and pathogens to human health and disease.
5. Understand how antibiotics and other anti microbial drugs fight infectious disease, and the mechanisms by which the microbes develop anti microbial resistance.
6. Understand methods of reducing the spread of infectious diseases; namely disinfection, sterilisation, and immunization.
7. Understand why Staphylococcus aureus and other major bacteria are so successful as pathogens.
Assumed knowledge is the minimum level of knowledge of a subject area that students are assumed to have acquired through previous study. It is the responsibility of students to ensure they meet the assumed knowledge expectations of the subject. Students who do not possess this prior knowledge are strongly recommended against enrolling and do so at their own risk. No concessions will be made for students’ lack of prior knowledge.
Assumed Prior Learning (or equivalent):