mic2mmp microbiology for podiatry




Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Subject topics include medical bacteriology, virology, parasitology and mycology, epidemiology and molecular pathogenesis. Students will learn about the general characteristics of pathogenic microorganisms commonly affecting the health of animals and humans (including feet and lower limbs) and the steps involved in disease transmission. Practical classes will address basic medical microbiology including normal flora of the skin and common etiologic agents of Tinea infections, the effectiveness of hand washing and the dissemination of a potential pathogen throughout a population.

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 Must be admitted in HZLLPP - Bachelor of Applied Science and Master of Podiatric Practice. Students from other Health Sciences courses require permission of the Subject Coordinator to enrol. Podiatry will be given priority in order to meet the requirements of their course.


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

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

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsBrock: Biology of Micro-organismsPrescribedMadigan, M. T. Martinko, J. M., Dunlap, P.V. and Clark, D.P., 2015 (14th edition)Pearson
ReadingsPrescott's MicrobiologyPrescribedWilley, J.M., Sherwood, L.M. and Woolverton, C.J., 2014 (10th edition)McGraw Hill

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Describe and explain the key principles underlying the ability of some microorganisms including viruses to cause disease in humans and other animals.

Lectures provide details on key principles and laboratory sessions enable experiments to be conducted to identify and classify pathogenic microorganisms. Skills and prac related theory is assessed via a written prac test at the completion of all practical classes.

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

Laboratory sessions enable students to use and practice techniques which are tested in the practical exam.

03. Conduct microbiological experiments and effectively communicate the results in written reports.

Following the laboratory sessions, students are assessed in a prac test, and via a seminar following the completion of the mini project.

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

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

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

Students will be instructed in the lectures and during the laboratory classes on the importance of accessing appropriate and reliable sources of information.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2019, Semester 2, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorAnna Morris

Class requirements

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

LectureWeek: 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.


Assessment elementComments%ILO*
One 1-hour practical theory test2001, 02, 03, 04, 05
One 2.5-hour written examination5501, 04, 05
Group mini project (groups of 3 students) 2% teamwork, 8% assessment task (250-words per student)1001, 02, 03, 04, 05
MCQ online learning task (250-words)501, 02
Group assignment: one-page brochure (students work in pairs, 250-words per student)1001, 05