Courses & Units

Microbiology and Health CXA176


This unit is being phased out, no new enrolments are being taken.


This unit gives students a basic understanding of microbiology in relation to disease processes, transmission and treatment. It covers the structure and function of microbes, their role in the infectious disease process within the human body, how microbes can be controlled and laboratory identification procedures. Topics include laboratory diagnosis and practice, infectious diseases and pathogenesis, antimicrobial agents, public health and infection control, biological warfare and emerging global infections. Legal and regulatory considerations will be referred to as appropriate. The practical component introduces the student to safe microbiological handling techniques and basic microbiology laboratory techniques.


Unit name Microbiology and Health
Unit code CXA176
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School Faculty of Health and Medicine
School of Health Science
Discipline Health Sciences
Teaching staff

Ms Susan Salter (Coordinator)

Level Introductory
Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Launceston Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic


International students
Domestic students

Units are offered as On-campus where the majority of teaching will occur at the campus identified.  Units offered Off-campus generally have no requirement for attendance at a physical university campus unless the unit has practical or fieldwork components*:  the campus indicated for an Off-Campus unit is the one at which teaching is administered from.

*Please read the Unit Introduction in the Course and Unit Handbook for attendance requirements for units offered in Off-campus mode.

Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 17/7/2017 10/8/2017 4/9/2017 20/10/2017

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2017 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2017 will be available from the 1st October 2016.

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Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
2 2017: $1,131.00 2017: $2,055.00 010911

Fees for next year will be published in October. The fees above only apply for the year shown.

Please note: international students should refer to this page to get an indicative course cost.




Teaching Pattern

2x1-hr lectures (13 weeks), 1x2-hr practical based sessions (8 weeks); including some on-line  delivery for both lecture and practical material.


Mid-semester theory test (20%), Scientific Communication (1200-1500 words) (25%), Quizzes (10%), Final 2-hr exam (45%).

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