Courses & Units

Medical Microbiology B CXA343


Restricted to students enrolled in M3G and M3U


This unit has been designed to systematically introduce the students to the common and diagnostically important fungal, parasitic and viral diseases of major organ systems in humans. The unit content is primarily concerned with laboratory diagnostic aspects of the above diseases, and students will be introduced to a range of relevant fungi and parasites in a diagnostic setting.


Unit name Medical Microbiology B
Unit code CXA343
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 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 11/7/2022 9/8/2022 29/8/2022 16/10/2022

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (refer to How do I withdraw from a unit? for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2022 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2022 will be available from the 1st October 2021. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).

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Learning Outcomes

  • Describe the common fungal, parasitic and viral infectious diseases of humans and the associated pathogens.
  • Describe and discuss the systematic laboratory investigation of common fungal, parasitic and viral diseases, and interpret and evaluate the relevance of laboratory findings to clinical presentation.
  • Demonstrate competence in core laboratory skills, by appropriately identifying common fungal and parasitic pathogens in a mock clinical setting and interpreting and evaluating the relevance of laboratory findings to clinical presentation.
  • Demonstrate the ability to interpret and evaluate contemporary scientific literature 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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Teaching Pattern

Tutorial – 1 hour (13 weeks); 3 hour practical (8 weeks); 8 hrs student presentations (1 week)

AssessmentTest (15%)|Practical exam - Mycology (15%)|Practical exam - Parasitology (15%)|Theory Examination (30%)|Case Study Presentation (15%)|Mycology Assignment (10%)
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Required readings will be listed in the unit outline prior to the start of classes.


Color Atlas and Textbook of Diagnostic Microbiology, Sixth Edition, Koneman et al, 2006, Lippincott. (5th Edition is OK if you can get it 2nd hand)


Textbook of Diagnostic Microbiology, Third Edition, Mahon et al, 2007 , Saunders (2nd Edition is OK if you can get it 2nd hand)

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