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BMED11-206: Microbiology

Description

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.

Subject details

Type: Undergraduate Subject
Code: BMED11-206
EFTSL: 0.125
Faculty: Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine
Semesters offered:
  • September 2022 [Standard Offering]
Credit: 10
Study areas:
  • Health, Biomedical, and Sport Sciences
Subject fees:
  • Commencing in 2021: $3,890.00
  • Commencing in 2022: $3,950.00
  • Commencing in 2023: $4,050.00
  • Commencing in 2021: $5,260.00
  • Commencing in 2022: $5,260.00
  • Commencing in 2023: $5,400.00

Learning objectives

1. Explain the history, scope and future of microbiology. 2. Describe the differences between the major groups of pathogenic organisms (bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites) in terms of structure and function. 3. Describe the broad principles of how the human body resists infection, and how microbes can circumvent these defensive measures. 4. Explain the relationship between normal microbial flora and pathogens to human sustainability, health, and disease. 5. Discuss how antibiotics and other anti microbial drugs fight infectious disease, and the mechanisms by which the microbes develop anti microbial resistance. 6. Explain methods of reducing the spread of infectious diseases; namely disinfection, sterilisation, and immunization. 7. Explain why Staphylococcus aureus and other major bacteria are so successful as pathogens. 8. Describe how the environment, microbiology, and human health interact, with consideration of the sustainable development goals.

Enrolment requirements

Requisites:

Nil

Assumed knowledge:

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):

Restrictions:

Subject dates

  • Standard Offering
    Enrolment opens: 17/07/2022
    Semester start: 12/09/2022
    Subject start: 12/09/2022
    Cancellation 1: 26/09/2022
    Cancellation 2: 03/10/2022
    Last enrolment: 25/09/2022
    Withdraw - Financial: 08/10/2022
    Withdraw - Academic: 29/10/2022
    Teaching census: 07/10/2022
Standard Offering
Enrolment opens: 17/07/2022
Semester start: 12/09/2022
Subject start: 12/09/2022
Cancellation 1: 26/09/2022
Cancellation 2: 03/10/2022
Last enrolment: 25/09/2022
Withdraw - Financial: 08/10/2022
Withdraw - Academic: 29/10/2022
Teaching census: 07/10/2022