Course Title: Medical Microbiology 1

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Medical Microbiology 1

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

ONPS2118

Bundoora Campus

Undergraduate

135H Applied Sciences

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016

ONPS2118

Bundoora Campus

Undergraduate

171H School of Science

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2017

Course Coordinator: Dr Anna Walduck

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 99257145

Course Coordinator Email: anna.walduck@rmit.edu.au

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 is an enforced requisite course with assumed knowledge and capabilities.

You must have successfully completed BIOL2159 Microbiology at RMIT, or equivalent course, or work experience.


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 interactions between microorganisms and parasites; antimicrobial agents and microbial resistance; characteristics of viruses, medically-important fungi, pathogenesis and diagnosis of viral infections; infections of the skin and respiratory tract;

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

This course has a hurdle of 45% for the theory and practical components of the course. This is to ensure that graduates are competent and meet industry standards. The skills learned are essential to ensure that you operate safely as a professional, and for accreditation purposes.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

On successful completion of the course you should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge at an advanced level of microbial virulence mechanisms and host response to infection; application of molecular techniques to medical microbiology; biochemical and genetic mechanisms of antimicrobial agent activity, microbial susceptibility and resistance to antimicrobial agents; replication of viruses, viral immunology and pathogenesis, detection of viruses;
  2. Demonstrate knowledge at an advanced level of skin and respiratory tract infections (microbial causes, pathogenesis, transmission of infection, diagnosis, prevention and treatment);
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of some important fungal infections of humans;
  4. Work cooperatively within a small group;
  5. Answer research questions, solve problems, and plan a work program or diagnostic strategy;
  6. Write scientific reports using the correct language of the field; and
  7. 7. Perform microbiology laboratory work safely.


This course contributes to the Program Learning Outcomes of the BP293 Bachelor of Science (Biotechnology)/Bachelor of Biomedical Science and BP231 Bachelor of Biomedical Science:


PLO-1 Understanding science

PLO1-2 You will demonstrate a coherent understanding of biological sciences by explaining the role and relevance of biological sciences in society.


PLO-2 Scientific knowledge

PLO2-1 You will exhibit depth and breadth of knowledge by demonstrating a well-developed understanding of biological science.
PLO2-2 You will exhibit depth and breadth of knowledge by demonstrating knowledge that biotechnology has interdisciplinary connections with other sciences.

PLO-3 Inquiry and problem solving

PLO3-1 You will be able to critically analyse and solve problems in biotechnology by gathering, synthesizing and critically evaluating information from a range of sources.
PLO3-2 You will be able to critically analyse and solve problems in biotechnology by designing and planning an investigation, including developing a testable hypothesis.

PLO3-3. You will be able to critically analyse and solve problems in biotechnology by collecting, accurately recording, interpreting, and drawing conclusions from scientific data.


PLO-4 Communication

PLO4-1 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.
PLO-5 Personal and professional responsibility

PLO5-2 You will be accountable for individual learning and scientific work by working effectively, responsibly, ethically, and safely in an individual or team context.


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. The lecture series provides the theoretical background to this training.

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 during this course, comprising:

Teacher-guided activities (72 hours):  3 hours of face-to-face lectures per week, and 3 hours of practical laboratory class.

Student-directed activities (48 hours): In addition, you are expected to spend at least an additional 4 hours of independent study per week. You are expected to study independently managing your own learning progress.


Overview of Learning Resources

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. The lecture series provides the theoretical background to this training.


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 competency by achieving at least 45% in the theory AND practical components of the course (that is at least 50% overall, and at least 15.65%/35% for the combined practical assessment, and at least 29.25/65%for the theory component). The skills learned are essential to ensure that you operate safely as a professional, and for accreditation purposes.

Overview of Assessment

On-line quizzes for feedback, formal examination, practical report/s, laboratory skills and recording, critical review. Practical assessment is based on industry practices and is supervised and assessed by people with experience in medical microbiology.

 

A: The theory component assessment is 65% of the course. It is a hurdle requirement that you must demonstrate competency by achieving at least 45% in the theorycomponents of the course. The theory component assessment includes:

 

Theory Task 1: Written Examination (50%)

This exam covers both the theory and practical aspects of the course.

This assessment addresses CLOs 1, 2, 3 and 5.

 

Theory Task 2: On-line Quizzes (15%)

The quizzes are designed to provide you with early feedback to help you manage your learning progress.

This assessment addresses CLOs1, 2 and 3.

 

B: The practical component assessment is 35% of the course. Practical assessment is based on industry practices and is supervised and assessed by people with experience in medical microbiology. It is a hurdle requirement that you must demonstrate technical competency by achieving at least 45% in the practical components of the course. The practical component assessment includes:

Practical Task 1: Laboratory Practical Report (20%)

The laboratory report aims to develop your skills in designing and performing and identification strategy, and reporting the results in an accurate manner.

This assessment addresses CLOs 4, 5 and 6.

 

Practical Task 2: Laboratory Notebook and Technical Competence (15%)

Laboratory Notebook will be written in class each week and submitted before leaving the laboratory. Data recording and analysis is to be at industry standard level.

Technical competence includes demonstration of prior preparation for the class, safe working practices and contribution to answering questions set by demonstrator.

This assessment addresses CLOs 4, 5, 6 and 7.