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.

SchoolLife Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorCarolyn Bell

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 1 - UG

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesN/A

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules



Incompatible subjectsMIC2IEP

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyMerit based quota management

Quota-conditions or rulesStudents ranked by ATAR score.

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

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.
02. Distinguish, describe and explain the different routes of disease transmission and name exemplar agents that use these routes.
03. Describe and explain the public health measures that can be used to control the spread of disease and the limitations of such measures.
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.
06. Explain and demonstrate practical skills in basic microbiological procedures (e.g. aseptic procedures; growth, purification and enumeration of bacteria and viruses; macroscopic and microscopic identification of bacteria)

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2020, Semester 1, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment size150

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorCarolyn Bell

Class requirements

Laboratory Class Week: 10 - 22
One 2.00 h laboratory class per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Lecture Week: 10 - 22
Three 1.00 h lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*
One individual assignment (1,000-words)N/AN/AN/ANo20 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5, SILO6
One 2-hour written examination (2,000-words equivalent) University run exam. Students may arrange a time with academic staff to discuss.N/AN/AN/ANo55 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5, SILO6
Online MCQ practical test (600-words equivalent)N/AN/AN/ANo15 SILO1, SILO3, SILO5, SILO6
Eight in class worksheet (400-words equivalent total) Worksheets will be completed during class time.N/AN/AN/ANo10 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5