INFECTIONS AND EPIDEMICS

MIC2IEP

2018

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject provides an introduction to microbial infections that can threaten human well being by causing either localized, epidemic or pandemic disease outbreaks. Selected microorganisms will be described and compared: the main focus is the natural habitat of the organisms (reservoirs of infection), the ways in which humans can encounter the organisms (routes of infection) and the strategies available at the individual, community and global levels to prevent disease and, in the diseased patient, to cure disease.

SchoolSchool of Life Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorAnna Morris

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

PrerequisitesN/A

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjects MIC1IEP

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Distinguish, describe and explain the different categories of infectious agents of humans based on theory and laboratory observations.

Activities:
Lectures and practical classes. Assessment by online practical tests (mcq). Final exam (short answer, and mcq's on Lecture topics and self-taught topics).

02. Distinguish, describe and explain the key features of a variety of exemplar infectious agents including the name and distinguishing characteristics of the agent; its epidemiology; the disease symptoms caused; and strategies to cure and prevent spread of the disease.

Activities:
Lectures, practical classes and group research task. Two Individual Assignments (one x 750 words, and one x 1000-words each on self-taught topics). Final exam (short answer and essay-type questions on Lecture topics and self-taught topics)

03. Distinguish, describe and explain the different routes of disease transmission and name exemplar agents that use these routes.

Activities:
Lectures, practical classes and group and individual research task. Two Individual Assignments (one x 750 words and one x 1000-words each on self-taught topics). Final exam (short answer and mcq-type questions on Lecture topics and self-taught topics).

04. Describe and explain the public health measures that can be used to control the spread of disease and the limitations of such measures.

Activities:
Lectures, practical classes and group and individual research task. Two Individual Assignments (one x 750 words and one x 1000-words each on self-taught topics). Final exam (short answer and mcq on Lecture topics and self-taught topics.

05. Distinguish, describe and explain the modes of action of selected antibiotics and chemotherapeutic agents, and the differences between traditional and modern vaccines.

Activities:
Lectures, practical classes and group and individual research task. Two Individual Assignments (one x 750 words, and one x 1000-words each on self-taught topics). Final exam (short answer and mcq questions on Lecture topics and self-taught topics).

06. Explain and demonstrate practical skills in basic microbiological procedures

Activities:
Practical classes. Practical tests (mcq online quiz).

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2018, Semester 1, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment size150

Enrolment information Quota due to limited lab space. Merit based quota.

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorAnna Morris

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 10 - 22
Three 1.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Laboratory Class Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours laboratory class per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
One 600 word individual assignment15 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06
One 1,000 word individual assignment25 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06
Two on-line end of semester mcq practical test (200 word equiv. each)10 01, 03, 05, 06
One 2.5 hour written examinationAssessment Rubric used for marking at as appropriate to 2nd year level50 01, 02, 03, 04, 05