Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject students are introduced to the relationships between microorganisms, humans and the public health implications. Topics include an overview of the lymphatic system: non-specific and adaptive aspects of the immune system:  introductory microbiology of viruses, bacteria and protozoa: infections of the gut, respiratory tract, skin, urogenital tract, eye, nosocomial/community infections, infection prevention and control in hospitals and the community.

SchoolSchool of Molecular Sciences/LIMS

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorJanelle Page

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites One of HBS1HBA, PHE1HEH or equivalent.


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsMicrobiology and Infection control for health professionals, 3rd ednPrescribedLee & Bishop (6th edition)Pearson
ReadingsAnatomy & physiologyRecommendedMarieb E and Hoehn K (9th edition)Pearson

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Demonstrate understanding of the importance of normal flora and host defences in the human by describing the relationship with the human body

Tutorial classes will explore these concepts

02. Explain the interactions between viruses, bacteria, protozoans and multicellular parasites with the innate and adaptive immune system

Examination of specific diseases and the signs, symptoms and treatment of each via completion of online practical and workshop activities

03. Describe the concepts of pathogenesis, epidemiology and prevention and control of infectious diseases

Tutorial classes and worksheet activities will explore these concepts

04. Explain the role of immunisation as a method of minimising outbreaks of infectious diseases

Online quizzes and tutorials will allow students to explore the concepts of immunisation and infectious disease control

05. Research scientific information in a form that is understood by peers

Preparation of a fact sheet on a relevant infectious disease

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Online, 2018, Semester 2, Online


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorJanelle Page

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 31 - 43
One 2.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via online.

Tutorial Week: 31 - 43
One 1.0 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via online.
"Timetabled online class"


Assessment elementComments% ILO*
One fact sheet, equivalent to 1,000 words25 02, 03, 05
Practical quiz equivalent to 750 words20 01
One 2-hour examination55 02, 03, 04