mic2iep infections and epidemics




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

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Incompatible subjects MIC1IEP

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. 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 based on theory and laboratory observations.

Lectures, practical classes

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

Lectures and individual research task (1,000). One individual Assignments (1000-words) on self- taught topics. Final exam (short answer and mcq-type questions on Lecture topics.

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

Lectures and one individual research Assignment 1000-words on self-taught topic). Final exam (short answer and mcq on Lecture topics

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


05. Explain and demonstrate practical skills in basic microbiological procedures.

Practical classes. Practical tests (mcq online quiz).1 x 100 word worksheet per lab class per week.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2019, Semester 1, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment size150

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

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorAnna Morris

Class requirements

LectureWeek: 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 ClassWeek: 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.


Assessment elementComments%ILO*
One individual assignment (1,000-words)2001, 02, 03, 04, 05
One 2.5-hour written examination (2,500-words equivalent)6001, 02, 03, 04, 05
Online MCQ practical test (200-words equivalent)1001, 03, 05
Ten in class worksheet (500-words equivalent total)Worksheets will be completed during class time1001, 02, 03, 04, 05