Course Title: Medical Microbiology and Immunology

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Medical Microbiology and Immunology

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

ONPS2299

Bundoora Campus

Undergraduate

160H Medical Sciences

Face-to-Face

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 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016

ONPS2339

Bundoora Campus

Postgraduate

160H Medical Sciences

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015

Course Coordinator: Dr. Dodie Pouniotis

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 6680

Course Coordinator Email: dodie.pouniotis@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: 201.10.10

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment and via email


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Prior Knowledge:  BIOL2159 Microbiology 1 or equivalent.


Course Description

In our increasingly populated and mobilised world, infectious disease remains a core public health issue. Furthermore, the incidence of diseases involving immune dysfunction, such allergy and autoimmune disease continue to climb, particularly in the western world. In this course you will consolidate your understanding of infectious microorganisms and their extraordinary ability to adapt and survive. Furthermore, you will study the structure and function of the immune system, leading to an appreciation of the mechanisms by which it prevents infection, as well as how these may also unfortunately serve to inflict collateral damage upon the host. Complimenting this, in a series of labs you will develop skills in the isolation and identification of microorganisms, investigation of antimicrobial agents, and analysis of immune function in disease contexts. Together, these skills and knowledge will provide you with the grounding required to major in microbiology in your 3rd year of study, and engage in professional practice in microbiology and immunology laboratories.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for:

MC158 Masters of Laboratory Medicine

  • PLO1. Knowledge capability: Understand appropriate and relevant, theoretical concepts of scientific knowledge with the ability to use and apply the knowledge in a wide range of problem solving, challenging and interpretative situations within the professional laboratory medicine discipline.
  • PLO2. Technical capability: Ability to apply a range of diagnostic technologies and methodologies relevant to the fields of Clinical Biochemistry, Haematology, Histopathology, Cytopathology or Microbiology. These methodologies will identify pathological changes which deviate from the normal physiological range. Students will use logical and systematic thinking to solve problems with diagnostic techniques and procedures, and apply high level analytical skills to the chosen area of clinical laboratory specialisation.
  • PLO3. Professional practices: Contribute to academic and professional work settings through responsible, self- managed, independent work, interpersonal skills which support constructive interactions with individuals and teams, and understand the ethical and legal framework that underpins the field of diagnostic pathology.


On completion of this course you should be able to:

  • CLO1.  Investigate antimicrobial agents and their use in parasitology and mycology, clinical microbiology, public health, as well as food and water microbiology
  • CLO2.  Investigate the structure and function of the immune system
  • CLO3.  Investigate diseases associated with abnormal function of the immune system


Overview of Learning Activities

The course will include a wide range of learning activities designed to stimulate an interest in the topics being covered. This includes lectures with integrated active learning, as well as self-directed learning online. You also will participate in immersive laboratory sessions where you will learn the techniques used in contemporary Microbiology and Immunology. You will work both individually and also collaboratively with your peers and subject experts at the interface of theory, experimentation, and application.The course is supported by the Blackboard learning management system.

You will undertake 5 hours per week in lectures and intensive laboratory work. In addition, you can expect to spend a minimum of four hours per week in independent study, including online work.


Overview of Learning Resources

Textbooks with internet sites provided by the publishers. Online lecture and laboratory notes, as well as audio/video files. Self-Assessment of Learning Tests (SALTs).

The Laboratory Medicine Subject Guide (URL: http://rmit.libguides.com/laboratory-medicine) provides useful references for this course.


Overview of Assessment

This course has no hurdle requirements.

 

Assessment tasks

Assessment Task 1: Laboratory reports on clinical microbiology case studies and online exercises

These assessments will be completed during the practical classes in week 1-3 and will provide early feedback on student progress.

Weighting 7.5%

This assessment task supports CLO 1

Assessment Task 2: Microbiology Final Practical Test

Weighting 12.5%

This assessment task supports CLO 1

Assessment Task 3: Online Microbiology Theory Quizzes

Weighting 5%

This assessment task supports CLO 2 and 3

Assessment Task 4: Online Immunology Theory Quizzes

Weighting 10%

This assessment task supports CLO 2 and 3

Assessment Task 5: Immunology Final Practical Test

Weighting 20%

This assessment task supports CLO 2 and 3

Assessment Task 6: Final Theory exam

Weighting 45% 

This assessment supports CLOs 1,2 and 3