ADVANCED MEDICAL AND VETERINARY MICROBIOLOGY

MIC3AMM

2018

Credit points: 30

Subject outline

This subject deals with disease causation by viruses, bacteria and eukaryotic microbes. Each of these three components is designed to give students a better understanding of disease-causing microorganisms, their life cycles, how they 'hijack' and control their host cells in order to initiate infection, cause disease and replicate. The subject will cover a number of significant pathogens including influenza, HIV, Hepatitis, Helicobacter, Salmonella and Plasmodium spp, Trypanosome spp and Leishmania spp. as well as concepts of emerging pathogenic infections, how this occurs, and what we can do to stop them.

SchoolSchool of Life Sciences

Credit points30

Subject Co-ordinatorSteve Petrovski

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites (MIC2MI or AGR3AH) and MIC2MMV. Students admitted into SBMS must complete MIC2MMV.

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Apply concepts of molecular virology and bacterial pathogenesis (e. g. pathogenesis of viruses and bacterial infections and how they interact with cells) to analyse and solve real world scenarios.

Activities:
Lectures provide details on molecular virology and bacterial pathogenesis concepts and a concurrent block of laboratory classes expose students to the structure and function of viruses and bacteria and methods of detection. Laboratory classes are specifically designed to give all students "hands on" experience at the bench as could be expected of working microbiologists. A final exam (3hrs) requires students to write short answer/essay style answers to scenario style questions involving viral and bacterial infections.

02. Apply concepts of molecular parasitology (e. g. host cell biology and pathogenesis of eukaryotic microbes, particularly those causing human disease) to analyse and solve real world scenarios.

Activities:
Lectures provide details on molecular pathogenesis concepts and concurrent blocks of laboratory classes expose students to features of disease causing parasites. A final exam (2hrs) requires students to write short answer/essay style answers to scenario style questions related to the cellular basis of human disease caused by key pathogenic parasites.

03. Use key microbiological techniques to manipulate microorganisims for experiments in the laboratory and record data and interpretation of the results.

Activities:
Students are instructed on new techniques in the laboratory setting and concepts from lectures are reinforced. Laboratory classes are specifically designed to give all students "hands on" experience at the bench as could be expected of working microbiologists. Early in semester (Microbiology fundamentals) provide students with practical experience in working in a microbiology laboratory. Analysis of the results in the molecular virology experiments is assessed by three short ten minutes tests and the submission of a results workbook. After the completion of the bacterial pathogenesis section students will be assessed by a short answer test. The molecular parasitology section is assessed by group oral presentations to the practical class upon its completion.

04. Write an essay on a set microbiological topic/issue that requires a literature search and explains the particular topic/issue using correct terminology.

Activities:
At the beginning of semester students are given the topic/issue and also receive a lecture/workshop session on how to research/write an essay. Essay to be submitted approx. half way through semester.

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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 an academic performance in first and second year.

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorSteve Petrovski

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 10 - 22
Four 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
Two 3.0 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 2-hour written examination (end of semester) (2000 words)20 01, 02
One 3-hour written examination (end of semester) (3000 words)40 01, 02
One essay (1000 words)10 04
Molecular virology - 3 mini-tests (500 words) - 1 workbook (500 words)10 01, 03
Written test (1-hour) & workbook (500 words)10 01, 03
Group oral presentations (500 words)10 02, 03