Course Title: Clinical Microbiology, Immunology and Genetics

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Clinical Microbiology, Immunology and Genetics

Credit Points: 12.00


Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

ONPS2294

Bundoora Campus

Undergraduate

135H Applied Sciences

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016

ONPS2294

Bundoora Campus

Undergraduate

171H School of Science

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2017

Course Coordinator: Danilla Grando

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 99257135

Course Coordinator Email: danilla.grando@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: 223.1.66

Course Coordinator Availability: Please email as first preference for contact


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

You must have completed university level first year studies in anatomy and physiology. A knowledge of introductory biology (which includes microbiology) will be assumed however bridging materials will be available on line if you have not undertaken study in biology recently.
You should be aware that this course is an advanced course in the clinical diagnosis of infectious disease. This course is suitable for nursing and allied health students in second and third years of their studies as it has strong relevance and application to the clinical setting. This course is not suitable if you are taking it instead of a microbiology course that is required in programs that develop capabilities in laboratory practice nor should it be taken by students who have not completed university level first year studies in anatomy and physiology.


Course Description

This course explores the scientific basis for the occurrence of infectious disease by applying that knowledge to the clinical situation. It aims to provide allied health practitioners (nurses, chiropractic, osteopathic and Chinese medicine practitioners) with the ability to recognise infectious disease and communicate with health care professionals about the issues pertaining to susceptibility to disease and infection control. You will study clinical microbiology using a body systems approach, with separate modules for immunology and genetics. The study in immunology and genetics will help you understand why susceptibility to infectious disease differs between individuals. The study in this course will enable you to discuss issues pertaining to genetic abnormality and infectious disease in an informed, compassionate and professional manner.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course develops capabilities in:

  • Diagnosis of infectious disease through an understanding of the clinical signs and symptoms
  • Familiarization with the organisms responsible for infectious disease
  • Sourcing relevant and accurate information pertaining to the safe conduct of clinical practice and infection control
  • Understanding the role that immunity and genetics plays in the manifestations of infectious disease
  • Problem solving and research, including both critical and lateral thinking in the context of infectious disease
  • Communicating in the language used to describe infectious disease


This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs) in Health Science

C1- Provide specialised health care within a patient-centred, evidence-based framework by

  • enabling the diagnosis of infectious disease through an understanding of the clinical signs and symptoms
  • familiarisation with the organisms responsible for infectious disease
  • understanding the role that immunity and genetics plays in the manifestations of infectious disease
  • communicating in the language used to describe infectious disease

C2 - Gather clinical information to make accurate differential diagnoses, assessment and management plans and carry out effective treatment by

  • enabling the diagnosis of infectious disease through an understanding of the clinical signs and symptoms
  • familiarisation with the organisms responsible for infectious disease


C3 - Practice as a competent health care professional in a safe, ethical and legally responsible manner by

  • familiarisation with the organisms responsible for infectious disease
  • sourcing relevant and accurate information pertaining to the safe conduct of clinical practice and infection control


C5 Communicate effectively in a range of forms (written, online, oral) and with diverse audiences (patients, community/public, agencies and health professionals) by

  • understanding the role that immunity and genetics plays in the manifestations of infectious disease
  • problem-solving and research, including both critical and lateral thinking in the context of infectious disease
  • communicating in the language used to describe infectious disease


Overview of Learning Activities

The learning will be divided into three modules. Clinical microbiology will use a body systems approach to the study of infectious disease and will be explored through lecture and laboratory practical/tutorial classes. Immunology and genetics will be explored through lecture, tutorial and online learning exercises and will link back to the diseases explored in the Clinical Microbiology module.


Overview of Learning Resources

Learning resources for this course include a prescribed text and online resources referred to in the course myRMIT.


Overview of Assessment

Assessment will include two semester tests consisting of one multi-choice test in immunology (20% - held in week 6) and one short-written response covering applications of clinical microbiology and genetics (40% - held in week 12). Feedback will be provided to students within 2 weeks of completing the immunology assessment. An end of semester multi-choice exam (40%) in clinical microbiology will be held during the RMIT examination period.