Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject you will learn to recognise the general characteristics of pathogenic microorganisms commonly affecting the health of feet and lower limbs in animals and humans 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 potential pathogens throughout a population. You will be introduced to the topics of medical bacteriology, virology, parasitology and mycology.

SchoolLife Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorAnna Morris

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 1 - UG

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesN/A

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Students must be admitted in the following course: HHPOD. Students from other Health Sciences courses must receive subject coordinators approval for admission. Students studying Podiatry will be given priority in order to meet the requirements of their course.


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

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

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A


Brock: Biology of Micro- organisms

Resource TypePrescribed

Resource RequirementN/A

AuthorMichael T. Madigan, Kelly S. Bender, Daniel H. Buckley, W. Matthew Sattley, David A. Stahl


Edition/Volume15TH EDN



Chapter/article titleN/A



Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

Prescott's Microbiology

Resource TypePrescribed

Resource RequirementN/A

AuthorWilley, J.M., Sherwood, L.M. and Woolverton, C.J.


Edition/Volume10TH ED



Chapter/article titleN/A



Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/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. Explain the key principles underlying the ability of some microorganisms to cause disease in humans and other animals.
02. Apply key microbiological techniques to identify common pathogenic microorganisms
03. Communicate effectively the results of microbiological investigations in writing.
04. Interpret and present experimental data using basic mathematical calculations and graphs.
05. Apply basic research skills locate, interrogate and evaluate scientific information.

Subject options

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 2, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorAnna Morris

Class requirements

LectureWeek: 30 - 42
Three 1.00 h lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 30 to week 42 and delivered via face-to-face.

PracticalWeek: 30 - 42
One 2.00 h practical per week on weekdays during the day from week 30 to week 42 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

One 1-hour theory test based on laboratory content (1000 words equivalent)

N/AOtherIndividualNo20 SILO1, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5

One 2.0-hour written examination (2,000 words equivalent)

N/AOther written examIndividualNo50 SILO1, SILO4, SILO5

Group mini project (groups of 6 students - 250-words per student)

N/AOtherGroupNo15 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5

Group assignment: one-page brochure based on best-practice (250-words per student). Students work in pairs.

N/AAssignmentGroupNo15 SILO1, SILO3, SILO5