MEDICAL AND VETERINARY MICROBIOLOGY

MIC2MMV

2016

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Unit topics include medical and veterinary microbiology, virology, epidemiology and molecular pathogenesis. Students will learn about the general characteristics of pathogenic bacteria that may affect the health of humans and of animals and about disease transmission. Lectures and practical classes will address the various means of controlling microbial growth, both within the human host and within our environment. Students will also be provided with a basic understanding of the molecular and cellular biology of microorganisms, in addition to an overview of the steps involved in the disease process.

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

Prerequisites BIO1OF or BIO1MGC and completed at least 90 first year credit points. MIC2MI is highly desirable. BIO1APM is recommended. Students who have not completed MIC2MI in the past 2 years will be required to attend a lab skills session in order to be allowed entry into MIC2MMV practical classes.

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjects MIC2MVM

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions Students are required to wear laboratory coats and shoes in teaching laboratories.

Learning resources

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsBrock: Biology of Micro-organismsPrescribedMadigan, M. T. Martinko, J. M., Dunlap, P.V. and Clark, D.P.14TH EDN, PEARSON 2015
ReadingsPrescott's MicrobiologyPrescribedWilley, J.M., Sherwood, L.M. and Woolverton, C.J.10TH ED MCGRAW HILL 2016

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Use correct vocabulary to describe and/or explain the key principles underlying the ability of some microorganisms including viruses to cause disease in humans and other animals

Activities:
Lectures provide details on key principles and laboratory sessions enable experiments to be conducted to identify and classify pathogenic microorganisms. Students undertake basic revision of microbiological principles and techniques in the first two weeks of semester and complete a workbook which they can refer to during the semester.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

02. Use key microbiological techniques to recognise and identify non-pathogenic and pathogenic microorganisms.

Activities:
Laboratory sessions enable students to use and practice techniques which are tested in the practical exam. Enquiry based learning is encouraged with students working on a group assignment identifying an unknown microorganism in addition to investigating a food poisoning outbreak. Students complete an individual online quiz following associated practical classes.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

03. Present data and analyse findings on two microbiological experiments in a scientific report.

Activities:
One laboratory research project is undertaken in groups and students present this in a seminar upon completion of research and collation and analysis of results.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)

04. Perform basic mathematical calculations and prepare graphic representations to aid in the interpretation of experimental data.

Activities:
Calculations and graphical representations will be performed as part of the laboratory classes, and instructions will be provided in the pre-lab talks and by the demonstrators. Seminar presentation on group research project.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:

05. Demonstrate independent learning and research skills by locating, interrogating and evaluating relevant scientific information.

Activities:
Students will be instructed in the lectures and during the laboratory classes on the importance of accessing appropriate and reliable sources of information.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2016, Semester 2, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment size296

Enrolment information Laboratory space Enrolment based on academic merit in the first year.

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorAnna Morris

Class requirements

Laboratory Class Week: 31 - 43
One 2.0 hours laboratory class per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Lecture Week: 31 - 43
Three 1.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
One 1-hour practical theory test. (mcq, short answer) (1,000 words)20 02
One 3-hour written examination60 01, 04
On-line mcq quiz (250 words)10 01, 03, 04, 05
Group Project (groups of 8 students) 2% teamwork, 8% assessment task (250 words per student)10 01, 02, 03, 04