TOPICS IN INFECTIOUS DISEASE

MIC2ID

2017

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Infectious diseases, both new and ancient, continue to threaten humans, domestic animals, wild life and plants. This subject introduces students to selected topics and current issues in infectious disease that are important to Australia. This is done through the medium of lectures and case studies to be researched by students, independently or in groups. The topics will include high profile issues such as: 'A healthy Australia: control of endemic and exotic diseases'; 'Emerging epidemic and pandemic viral diseases', including 'The influence of climate change: more infectious disease in a warmer world?'; 'The threat of 'Superbugs': fact or exaggeration?'; 'The impact of life-style on infectious disease: are we our own worst enemies?'; 'Infectious disease in native mammals and companion animals: relevance to human health'; 'Pathogens as 'good guys': their current and prospective contributions to medical therapeutics'.

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 (BIO1MGC or BIO1OF) plus 90 credit points passed at 1st year

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsIntroduction to Modern VirologyRecommendedN. J. Dimmock6TH ED. BLACKWELL PUB., MALDEN, MA.
ReadingsMicrobiology: a Human PerspectiveRecommendedW. Nester et al.7TH ED. MCGRAW-HILL HIGHER EDUCATION, N.Y.
ReadingsPrescott's MicrobiologyRecommendedJ.M. Willey et al.8TH ED. MCGRAW-HILL 2011

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Define, explain and distinguish between terms that are used in the basic vocabulary of microbiology to describe infectious agents, their biological features, epidemiology, disease effects and disease management.

Activities:
Lectures and quizzes. Reinforced by research readings (see ILO 4) and associated study questions and by discussion/participation in the Tutorial/workshop sessions.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Discipline-specific GCs (Discipline-specific GCs)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)

02. Recall curriculum content knowledge on specific infectious diseases with an emphasis on their transmission, control and prevention at the individual, community and national/international levels.

Activities:
Lectures and quizzes. Reinforced by research readings (see ILO 4) and associated study questions and by discussion/participation in the Tutorial/workshop sessions.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Discipline-specific GCs (Discipline-specific GCs)

03. Identify, describe and compare the factors (human, physical and environmental) that can influence the emergence, re-emergence and/or spread of infectious diseases.

Activities:
Lectures and quizzes. Reinforced by research readings (see ILO 4) and associated study questions and by discussion/participation in the Tutorial/workshop sessions.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Discipline-specific GCs (Discipline-specific GCs)

04. Work independently, or as a member of a small group, to research, organize and summarize information on infectious disease topics concerning local disease incidences or issues, using library and online sources.

Activities:
Tutorial/workshops and associated study questions are designed to guide students in independent learning on selected research topics. The topics are additional to those covered in the lecture curriculum. The Tutorial/workshops also provide an interactive forum for open discussion on lecture-based curriculum.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Discipline-specific GCs (Discipline-specific GCs)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)

Subject options

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2017, Semester 2, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorAnna Morris

Class requirements

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.

Tutorial Week: 31 - 43
One 2.0 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
End-of-semester written exam (2-hour)40 01, 02, 03, 04
Four online tests or short assignments (30-minutes each or 500 words)40 01, 02, 03, 04
Mid-semester written exam (1-hour)20 01, 02, 03, 04