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Medical Microbiology B CXA643


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 CXA643
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Health and Medicine
School of Health Sciences
Discipline Health Sciences
Coordinator Doctor Stephen Tristram
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Postgraduate


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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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.
  • Interpret and evaluate contemporary scientific literature related to infectious diseases and discuss the impact on the routine practice of diagnostic microbiology.
  • Plan, evaluate, interpret and communicate research activities relevant to the practice of diagnostic microbiology.
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

The unit has 2 hr pre-recorded lectures for 11 weeks (requiring approximately 5 hrs per week of student engagement), 1 hr tutorials for 11 weeks, 9 x 3 hr laboratory practicals, 8 hrs engagement with student presentations and a 2 hr seminar.

AssessmentMid Semester Test (10%)|Practical Exam - mycology (15%)|Practical Exam - parasitology (15%)|Examination - Theory (30%)|Mycology Assignment (10%)|Method Development and evaluation (20%)
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