Course Title: Medical Microbiology 2

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Medical Microbiology 2

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


135H Applied Sciences


Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016

Course Coordinator: Doctor Anna Walduck

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 99257145

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 223.1.34

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Microbiology to at least second year undergraduate level.

Course Description

Medical Microbiology is a central discipline in the medical sciences and is concerned with the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of infectious diseases.

This advanced course aims to extend your understanding and appreciation of infections of various body systems (enteric infections, CNS, bloodstream infections, urinogenital tract, respiratory tract), how they are acquired, diagnosed in the laboratory and, prevented and treated.

The course is delivered in face-to-face lectures and practical classes with individual and group work and aims to encourage development of scientific communication (oral and written), problem solving, learning in small groups, independent learning and time management.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the MC111 Master of Biotechnology (Clinical Microbiology) Program Learning Outcomes:

1 Understanding science

1.1 You will demonstrate an advanced understanding of biological sciences by articulating the methods of science, explaining why current biological knowledge is both contestable and testable through further inquiry, and explaining the role and relevance of biotechnology in society.

1-2 You will demonstrate a coherent understanding of biological sciences by explaining the role and relevance of biological sciences in society. You will develop knowledge of the specialist field of microbiology, specifically microbial pathogenesis, antimicrobial agents, mycology, virology, clinical microbiology, and diagnosis. This will be complemented with the technical capability in handling, examining, isolating and identifying microbes,

2 Scientific knowledge

2-1 You will exhibit depth and breadth of knowledge by demonstrating a well-developed understanding of biological science.

4 Communication

4-1 You will be an effective communicator of biological sciences by effectively communicating scientific results, information, or arguments using a range of modes (oral, written, visual) for a variety of purposes and audiences.

5 Personal and professional responsibility

5-1 You will be accountable for individual learning and scientific work in biotechnology by being an independent and self-directed learner.


On successful completion of this course, you should be able to:

  1. Examine infections of various body systems (enteric infections, CNS bloodstream infections, urinogenital tract, respiratory tract), how they are acquired, diagnosed in the laboratory and, prevented and treated.
  2. Demonstrate practical knowledge and skills used in medical microbiology,
  3. Work cooperatively with a small group;
  4. Search and find appropriate scientific literature, critically evaluate scientific papers;
  5. Solve unfamiliar problems, plan a work program and learn independently;
  6. Demonstrate oral and written communication skills to record, analyse, interpret and discuss data in writing scientific reports and scientific literature reviews using the correct language of the field;
  7. Apply safe working practices in microbiology.

Overview of Learning Activities

Lectures, laboratory classes, laboratory tutorials, independent learning, written assignments. A major part of the practical program of this course mimics the workplace in a diagnostic microbiology laboratory.

This course has a vocational focus. It prepares you in particular for a career in medical and veterinary diagnostic microbiology and research in clinical microbiology.

Total Study Hours

A total of 120 hours of study is expected.

Teacher-directed hours (72 hours): The course consists of 3 hours of face-to-face lectures per week (36 hours), and 3 hours of practical laboratory class per week (36 hours).

Student-directed hours (48 hours): In addition, you are expected to spend at least an additional 4 hours per week of independent study



Overview of Learning Resources

In addition to prescribed and recommended texts, material given during lectures and practical classes, students are expected to use the material presented on Blackboard and to read the references provided by lecturers.

Overview of Assessment

Note that: All hurdle requirements for this course are indicated clearly in the assessment regime that follows, against the relevant assessment task(s) and all have been approved by the College Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning & Teaching).

It is a hurdle requirement that you must demonstrate technical competency by achieving at least 45% in the practical component of the course

Written Examination (45%)

The written exam is based on lectures AND practical classes.

This assessment supports CLOs 1, 2, 5 & 6.

Online Quizzes (10%)

Three quizzes during the semester are designed to provide you with early feedback on your progress so that you can manage your learning strategies.

This assessment supports CLOs 1, 2, 5 & 6.

Oral Presentation (5%)

 A presentation in class on an assigned case study.

This assessment supports CLO 4.

Review of a scientific journal article (15%)

This assessment supports CLO 4 & 6.

Practical Assessment (25%)

Practical performance is your demonstration of your technical competence using safe working practices assessed by your prior preparation for the class and your contribution to answering questions set by demonstrator. There are important safety concerns as the course involves handling human pathogens.

This assessment supports CLO 2, 6 & 7.