Courses & Units

General and Medical Microbiology CXA241




This unit gives students detailed descriptions of microbial physiology, taxonomy and genetics. The unit is strongly focused on micro-organisms which are pathogenic to human beings and students are taught techniques for isolating and identifying those organisms. Interactions between microbes and human beings are described, in particular mechanisms of pathogenesis, and the role of genetic recombination in the development of new strains.


Unit name General and Medical Microbiology
Unit code CXA241
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School Faculty of Health and Medicine
School of Health Science
Discipline Health Sciences

Teaching staff

Susan Salter

Level Intermediate
Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No


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


International students
Domestic students

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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

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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

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Teaching Pattern

1-hr lecture (weeks 1-4); Test (week 5), 2-hr lecture (week 6), Test (week 7) on-line lecture material (weeks 8-13); 1-hr tutorial (10 weeks); 3-hr practical (10 weeks).


Lit-Review (1500 words) (15%), Genetics test (10%), Mid Semester Test (15%) Laboratory proficiency (10%) and Final 3-hr theory exam (50%)

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