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General and Medical Microbiology CXA641


In this unit you will explore how bacterial characteristics can be used as part of an identification strategy in a clinical microbiology laboratory. Module 1 examines how bacteria regulate their behaviour, communicate and multiply using various metabolic & genetic regulation strategies. Module 2 will focus on the genetics of bacteria. In module 3 you will focus on clinical identification of medically significant bacteria which are grouped taxonomically and identified using the techniques of systematic bacteriology.


Unit name General and Medical Microbiology
Unit code CXA641
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Health and Medicine
School of Health Sciences
Discipline Health Sciences
Coordinator Mr Sam Brake
Delivered By University of Tasmania


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Launceston Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic


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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

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Learning Outcomes

  • Perform and explain using theoretical concepts the basis for practical and procedural microbiological techniques to identify bacteria based on a knowledge of the systematic taxonomy of common medically relevant bacteria.
  • Relate bacterial anatomy, metabolism, behaviour and genetics function to explain growth, control, disease processes, clinical information and safe procedural practices
  • Communicate using discipline specific terminology related to medical microbiology.
  • Analyse complex information on the genetic mechanisms associated with the emergence of contemporary antibiotic resistant pathogens.
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

10 x 1-hour tutorials

10 x 3-hour practical classes

6 x online classes

AssessmentMultiple choice quizzes (20%)|Competency assessment|Examination (40%)|Report - antibiotic resistant organism (20%)|Laboratory/Practical Work (20%)
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