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 2022

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 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.

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 bacteria, 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 (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 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).

Overview of Assessment 

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

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

Assessment item 3 : Laboratory Report
Weighting 25% 

Assessment item 4  Laboratory Notebook and Clinical reports (Hurdle) 
Weighting 25% 
This assessment supports CLOs: 4, 5, 6 and 7.