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

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 interactions between microorganisms and parasites; antimicrobial agents and microbial resistance; pathogenesis and diagnosis of viral infections; infections of the intestine, urinary and genital tracts.

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 both the theory and practical components of the course. This is to ensure that graduates are competent and meet industry standards.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the BP293 Bachelor of Science (Biotechnology)/Bachelor of Biomedical Science and BP226 Bachelor of Science (Biotechnology) Program Learning Outcomes at Level 7.

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.

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.

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

PLO.5.3. Demonstrating knowledge of the regulatory frameworks relevant to their biotechnology and biomedical science and personally practising ethical conduct


On completion of this course you should be able to:

CLO 1. Demonstrate an understanding at an advanced level of microbial virulence mechanisms and host response to infection; application of molecular techniques to medical microbiology, viral immunology and pathogenesis, detection of viruses and parasites by being able to explain the pathogenic mechanism that are important for diagnosis of infection and understanding of the mechanisms of infectious disease.

CLO 2. Demonstrate an understanding of gastrointestinal and urinogenital tract infections (microbial causes, pathogenesis, transmission of infection, diagnosis, prevention and treatment) by being able to identify a unknown organisms in clinical samples, and describe the pathogenesis of important pathogens.

CLO 3. Demonstrate a basic understanding of the pathogenesis of some important parasitic infections of humans, by being able to describe the pathogenesis, and be able to identify the causative agents.

CLO 4. Work cooperatively with a small group, by working with peers on laboratory tasks and case studies.

CLO5: Develop skills to critically assess and interpret scientific literature by reading recommended literature and discussing with teaching staff and your peers.

CLO 6. Acquire, analyse and report on complex research questions, and solve problems, by working on case studies and preparing a written report on the diagnosis of the infectious agents.   

CLO 7. Demonstrate safe working practices in microbiology, adhere to PC2 requirements for safe work procedures.

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.

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 textbooks, material given during lectures and practical classes, students are expected to use the material presented on Canvas 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 theory AND practical component of the course (that is at least 50% overall, and at least 15.75%/35% for the combined practical assessment, and at least 29.25/65%for the theory component). 

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 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 CLOs 1, 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 component of the course.

It includes:

Practical Task 1: Laboratory Practical Report (20%)

The laboratory report will 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.