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


Bundoora Campus


171H School of Science


Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 2 2021

Course Coordinator: Dr 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 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 diagnosis and pathogenesis of parasitic, bacterial, and viral infections, this includes antimicrobial agents and microbial resistance; pathogenesis and diagnosis of viral infections; infections of the intestine, urinary and genital tracts.

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

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

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the MC111 Master of Biotechnology (Clinical Microbiology)

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. You will develop an in-depth knowledge of the specialist field of microbiology, specifically microbial pathogenesis, antimicrobial agents, parasitology, virology, clinical microbiology, and diagnosis. This will be complemented with the technical capability in handling, examining, isolating and identifying microbes,

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.These skills will develop your research capability by, problem solving, in participating in problem-based laboratory exercises. And further your reflective capability in applying knowledge of microbiology to identify unknown organisms, to reach a diagnosis based on clinical notes and technical analysis, and also in answering case studies or quizzes.

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 selecting and applying practical and/or theoretical techniques with technical competence in conducting field, laboratory-based, or virtual experiments.
PLO3-4 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

PLO5-1 You will be accountable for individual learning and scientific work in biotechnology by being an independent and self-directed learner.

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.

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 (recorded), laboratory classes (face to face), tutorials (online- interactive), 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 Learning Resources

In addition to material given during lectures and practical classes, students are expected to use the material presented on Canvas, and to read the relevant sections of prescribed and recommended textbooks as well as references provided by lecturers.

Overview of Assessment

Note that: All hurdle requirements for this course are indicated 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).

Overview of Assessment:

Assessment item 1: Critical review of a Journal article
Weighting (25%).
This assessment task supports CLO 5.

Assessment item 2: Final theory assessment task
Weighting 25%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3 and 5.

Assessment item 3: Practical assessment (Hurdle)
Weighting 50%
This assessment supports CLOs 4, 5, 6 and 7.