Courses & Units

Clinical and Pharmaceutical Microbiology CSA207


This unit will commence with a review of the immune system and its response to microbe presentation (natural and artificial), with links to theoretical and practical aspects of vaccination. This is followed by an examination of medical microbiology, including mechanisms through which pathogenic agents colonise a susceptible host and subsequently, elicit clinical symptoms as well as an immune response. It will then examine the epidemiology of transmissible diseases that are common in healthcare and community settings in Australia. This knowledge will provide a basis for critical evaluation of current tools that are available for the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of key infections. In particular, you will examine the challenges posed by the spread of antibiotic resistance and the need for appropriate antimicrobial stewardship. Theoretical content will cover these aspects of the unit in writing and videos. The tutorials will reinforce material presented during the unit and lead to an understanding of the role of pharmacists in the control of infectious diseases.
This unit provides students with the knowledge and skills that are essential to their learning in third and fourth year therapeutics (CSA322, CSA306, CSA406) and Pharmacy Skills in Practice (CSA355, CSA357, CSA457) units, relevant to the prevention and treatment of infectious diseases.


Unit name Clinical and Pharmaceutical Microbiology
Unit code CSA207
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Health and Medicine
School of Pharmacy and Pharmacology
Discipline Pharmacy
Coordinator Doctor Corinne Mirkazemi
Available as an elective? No
Delivered By University of Tasmania


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic
Hobart Health Study Period 3 On-Campus International Domestic
Launceston Health Study Period 3 On-Campus International Domestic
Cradle Coast Health Study Period 3 On-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Health Study Period 3 30/10/2023 17/11/2023 15/12/2023 28/1/2024
Semester 2 10/7/2023 8/8/2023 28/8/2023 15/10/2023

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Unit census dates currently displaying for 2023 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2023 will be available from the 1st October 2022. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).

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Learning Outcomes

  • Describe the fundamentals of microbiology, epidemiology, and prevention strategies for infectious diseases of local, national and international importance.
  • Explain the role of pharmacists in preventing infectious disease outbreaks, and promoting safe and effective antimicrobial use.
  • Discuss the laboratory processes involved in the sampling, culturing, identification and antimicrobial sensitivity testing of microbes from biological specimens, and the clinical relevance of these activities.
  • Effectively communicate complex issues and outcomes to a variety of stakeholders, including patients, peers, and other health professionals.
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
010911 $1,037.00 $1,037.00 not applicable $2,472.00

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(KRA114 OR KRA113) AND CZZ102 AND CZZ101

Mutual Exclusions

You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:



Teaching Pattern

Approx 2hrs per week Online Lecture and Theory content  1 x 2hr weekly online tutorial

AssessmentIn-Term Test One (20%)|In-Term Test Two (20%)|Written Assessment (20%)|Final Examination (40%)
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