ADVANCED MEDICAL AND VETERINARY MICROBIOLOGY

MIC3AMM

2015

Credit points: 30

Subject outline

This subject comprises components in virology, plasmid biology and molecular pathogenesis. The first component includes the biology and replication of animal viruses, viral pathogenicity and the control and treatment of virus diseases. Plasmid biology encompasses the principles and procedures relevant to plasmid detection, characterization, subunit determination, applications in molecular biology, evolution and significance to the bacterial host. Molecular pathogenesis topics include a detailed analysis of how various bacteria (e.g. Helicobacter, Listeria, Legionella, Chlamydia), protozoa and fungi cause diverse diseases. The subject also includes topics on microorganisms causing contamination in food and those used in food production.

SchoolSchool of Life Sciences

Credit points30

Subject Co-ordinatorAnna Morris

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites MIC2MI (or MIC2IM or AGR3ANH/AGR3ANI) and MIC2MMV (or MIC2MVM), except for Bachelor of Biomedical sciences students who have passed MIC2MMV (or MIC2MVM).

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

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

Activities:
Lectures provide details on molecular virology concepts and a concurrent block of laboratory classes expose students to the structure and function of viruses and methods of detection. The third year laboratory is an 'open' laboratory and students have access outside of session times to complete experiments and prepare for upcoming sessions. 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 (2hrs) requires students to write short answer/essay style answers to scenario style questions involving viral infections.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Discipline-specific GCs (Discipline-specific GCs)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)

02. Apply concepts of plasmid biology (e.g. bacterial genome malleability, horizontal gene transfer) and molecular pathogenesis (e. g. host cell biology and pathogenesis of bacteria and protozoans, particularly those causing human disease) to analyse and solve real world scenarios.

Activities:
Lectures provide details on plasmid biology and molecular pathogenesis concepts and concurrent blocks of laboratory classes expose students first to plasmid characteristics and then to features of disease causing bacteria and protozoa. A final exam (3hrs) requires students to write short answer/essay style answers to scenario style questions related to plasmid biology, the cellular basis of human disease caused by key pathogenic microorganisms and the immune response to microbial infection.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Discipline-specific GCs (Discipline-specific GCs)

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. The third year laboratory is an 'open' laboratory and students have access outside of session times to complete experiments and prepare for upcoming sessions. Records of experiments are made in laboratory note books. 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 (Food microbiology) and then after each different block of laboratory experiments, students sit a short answer test that requires them to utilize the results and analysis of their laboratory experiments to answer questions.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Discipline-specific GCs (Discipline-specific GCs)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Quantitative Literacy/ Numeracy (Quantitative Literacy/ Numeracy)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)

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 from ALLU staff on how to research/write an essay. Essay to be submitted approx. half way through semester.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Writing (Writing)
Discipline-specific GCs (Discipline-specific GCs)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2015, Semester 1, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment size120

Enrolment information Enrolment will be based on individual academic performance in first and second years, particularly in MIC2IM / MIC2MI and MIC2MVM / MIC2MMV. Enrolment based on academic merit.

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorAnna Morris

Class requirements

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

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)20 01, 02
One 3-hour written examination (end of semester)40 01, 02
One essay (1000 words)10 04
Three lab session short answer tests (2-3hrs each)Hurdle requirement: One lab session short answer test (Food Microbiology) (1 hour) core requirment for skills assessment30 03