Medical microbiology describes the relationships between microbes and our lives including harmful as well as beneficial effects of microorganisms. You will learn about infectious diseases, their aetiology and clinical manifestation, transmission routes, treatment/techniques in detection and identification of pathogenic microorganisms. The course investigates microbial diseases of the various systems with practical sessions on isolation and identification procedures of pathogenic microorganisms in clinical samples and their antibiotic susceptibility.
|Learning materials – asynchronous learning materials||2hrs||Week 1||13 times|
|Tutorial/Workshop 1 – on campus tutorial/workshop||1hr||Week 1||13 times|
|Laboratory 1 – On campus laboratory. Due to converting labs to PC2, these labs will be held during the mid semester break||3hrs||Refer to Format||4 times|
Introduction to Pathogens and Communicable Diseases 1-Principles of disease and epidemiology, nosocomial Infections and outbreak investigation, 2- Microbial mechanism of pathogenicity (how microbes enter a host and damage host cells) 3-Innate immunity (Non-specific defences of the host against pathogens), 4-Antimicrobial drugs (antibiotics, their spectrum), Human diseases caused by microorganisms 5-Microbial diseases of the skin and eye 6- Infections of the upper respiratory system, 7-Infections of the lower respiratory system, 8-Microbial diseases of the digestive system, 9-Microbial diseases of the Urinary and Reproductive systems, 10-Microbial diseases of the nervous system 11-Microbial diseases of cardiovascular and lymphatic system
200 Level (Developing)
|Course Learning Outcomes On successful completion of this course, you should be able to...||Graduate Qualities Completing these tasks successfully will contribute to you becoming...|
|1||Analyse and evaluate data regarding pathogens, their pathogenic attributes, and host's immune responses to infectious diseases as well as mechanism of action and function of antibiotics||Knowledgeable|
|2||List the aetiology of the most communicable diseases and their products||Knowledgeable|
|3||Describe the rationale and the basis of strategies that are used for prevention, control and treatment of infectious diseases.||Empowered|
|4||Identify and apply techniques that are used for laboratory isolation, identification and characterisation of pathogenic microorganisms||Empowered|
|5||Describe major mechanisms of interactions between microbes and human host and the types of diseases caused by microorganisms||Knowledgeable|
Refer to the USC Glossary of terms for definitions of “pre-requisites, co-requisites and anti-requisites”.
MBT263 or LFS261 or MEP263
MEP252 or MEP253 or MBT253
General knowledge about the structure of microorganisms, their growth requirement as well as basic skills in cultivation and aseptic transfer of bacteria
Standard Grading (GRD)
|High Distinction (HD), Distinction (DN), Credit (CR), Pass (PS), Fail (FL).|
The course will include an early formative assessment on week four. The formative quiz will be based on materials covered during the first three weeks and discussed in detail in tutorial classes. Responses to early quiz will be peer reviewed to evaluate students' academic progress, including identifying the need for additional support.
|Delivery mode||Task No.||Assessment Product||Individual or Group||Weighting %||What is the duration / length?||When should I submit?||Where should I submit it?|
|Week 4||In Class|
|All||1b||Examination - not Centrally Scheduled||Individual||25%||
|Week 7||In Class|
|All||1c||Examination - not Centrally Scheduled||Individual||25%||
|Week 10||In Class|
|Refer to Format||In Class|
|All||3||Examination - Centrally Scheduled||Individual||30%||
|Exam Period||Exam Venue|
|All - Assessment Task 1a:Early quiz|
To give you feedback and assess your ability to describe how an infectious disease develops and spreads in the community and a hospital setting and how the science of epidemiology helps to identify the routes of spreading infection.
A 20 minute, in class multiple choice quiz
|All - Assessment Task 1b:Mid Semester exam|
To assess your ability to understand the basic mechanisms by which microbes interact with the host, host immune response towards microbial infection, routes of disease transmission, principal of antimicrobial agents and their mechanisms of actions
|Product:||Examination - not Centrally Scheduled|
A 1 hour, in class multiple choice questions
|All - Assessment Task 1c:Practical lab exam|
To assess your knowledge of the theory that underpins the practical procedures required for performing and processing microbiological tests, safely and professionally, in a clinical Microbiology laboratory. .
|Product:||Examination - not Centrally Scheduled|
Format: This 1 hour assessment will be in the format of short essay and multiple choice questions
|All - Assessment Task 2:Oral presentation|
To assess your ability to professionally introduce a selected infectious disease to a scientific audience and within a time limit
You will be working as a team (2-4 per team). Presentation will be in the format of a power point (with or without video clip) describing the aetiology of the disease, clinical manifestation of the disease, epidemiology and routes of transmission, laboratory identification, treatment and prevention of the disease, all within 12 minutes. Students may also choose to describe the theory and practice of automated microbial identification systems. A list of topics to be chosen by students for their oral presentation will be presented to student on Canvas on week 1. All members of the team should contribute to the oral presentation equally and present equally. Presentations to occur in Weeks 11 and 12
|All - Assessment Task 3:Final exam|
To be able to describe major mechanisms of interactions between microbes and human host the rationale and the basis of strategies that are used for prevention, control and treatment of infectious disease.
|Product:||Examination - Centrally Scheduled|
The exam will be based on the materials covered in course as described in the prescribed text book (between weeks 7 and 13). The exam questions will be a combination of multiple choice, fill-in and short answer questions and will be during the examination period at the end of semester for 2 hours.
A 12-unit course will have total of 150 learning hours which will include directed study hours (including online if required), self-directed learning and completion of assessable tasks. Directed study hours may vary by location. Student workload is calculated at 12.5 learning hours per one unit.
Please note: Course information, including specific information of recommended readings, learning activities, resources, weekly readings, etc. are available on the course Canvas site– Please log in as soon as possible.
Please note that you need to have regular access to the resource(s) listed below. Resources may be required or recommended.
|Required||Gerard J. Tortora, Berdell R. Funke, Christine L. Case||0||MICROBIOLOGY||13th Edition||n/a|
It is the responsibility of students to attend practical classes on time and have lab coat and proper clothing e.g. proper shoes. Students who do not have lab coat or proper shoes will not be allowed to enter the practical lab classes.
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