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This unit will commence with an exploration of the basic concepts of Medical Microbiology. It will then examine the epidemiology of transmissible diseases that are common in healthcare and community settings. The unit will analyse information on the mechanisms through which pathogenic agents colonise a susceptible host and subsequently, elicit clinical symptoms as well as an immune response. This knowledge will provide a basis for critical evaluation of current tools that are available for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of key infections. Illustrated lectures and tutorials will be used to cover these unit themes. Practical classes will also introduce students to basic laboratory techniques to reinforce the role of microbiologists in the control of infectious diseases. Furthermore, students will investigate advanced topics in medical microbiology and compile their findings in a peer presentation forum.

Summary 2021

Unit name Medical Microbiology for Masters
Unit code CJA513
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Health and Medicine
Tasmanian School of Medicine
Discipline Medicine

Louise Roddam

Teaching staff

Assoc Prof SM Kirov (Co-ordinator), Dr Bruce Lyons, Dr Mark Ambrose, and others TBA.

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



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Teaching Pattern

6 hrs weekly lectures/tutorials/practicals


Task 1: In-Term Test  (50 min) 5%
Task 2: Oral Presentation (7.5 min) 10%
Task 3: Laboratory Test (50 min) 5%
Task 4: Written Essay (2,500 to 3,000 words) 10%
Task 5: Final Examination (2hrs) 70%

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