Courses & Units

Medical Microbiology A CXA342


Restricted to students enrolled in M3G


Introduces students to diagnostic medical bacteriology. Skills taught include: processing of clinical specimens, recognition of normal microbiota, identification of pathogens and the undertaking of appropriate antimicrobial susceptibility tests. Students learn: aspects of laboratory safety, epidemiology, pathogenesis and control of infectious diseases; antimicrobial agents and development of resistance; infection control; rapid and automated diagnostic technology; quality control; media preparation and waste management.


Unit name Medical Microbiology A
Unit code CXA342
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Health and Medicine
School of Health Sciences
Discipline Health Sciences
Coordinator Doctor Stephen Tristram
Available as student elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Advanced


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Launceston Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic


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Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 21/2/2022 22/3/2022 11/4/2022 29/5/2022

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Learning Outcomes

  • Describe the common infectious diseases of major organ systems and the associated bacterial pathogens
  • Describe and discuss the systematic laboratory investigation of common bacterial diseases, and interpret, analyse and evaluate the relevance of laboratory findings to clinical presentation.
  • Demonstrate the ability to identify common bacterial agents in a mock clinical setting and interpret, analyse and evaluate the relevance of laboratory findings to clinical presentation.
  • Demonstrate the ability to interpret and evaluate contemporary scientific literature related to bacterial infections and discuss how this impacts on the routine practice of diagnostic microbiology and the relevance of laboratory findings to clinical presentation.
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
019901 $1,002.00 $1,002.00 not applicable $2,354.00

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AssessmentMid Semester Test (10%)|Practical examination (35%)|Examination (35%)|Diagnosis Assignment (10%)|Review (10%)
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