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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 College of Health and Medicine
School of Health Sciences
Discipline Health Sciences

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 13/7/2020 10/8/2020 31/8/2020 18/10/2020

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Unit census dates currently displaying for 2020 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2020 will be available from the 1st October 2020.

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Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
2 2020: $1,190.00 2020: $2,354.00 010911

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BLabMed students: CXA101 and CXA261

M6U and M7U students: no pre-requisites.


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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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