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.

SchoolLife Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorAlison Brown

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesN/A

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Students must be admitted in the following course: HZLLPP. Students from other Health Science 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

Learning resources

Prescott's Microbiology

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementPrescribed

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



PublisherMcGraw Hill


Chapter/article titleN/A



Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

Brock: Biology of Micro-organisms

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementPrescribed

AuthorMadigan, M. T. Martinko, J. M., Dunlap, P.V. and Clark, D.P.





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. Describe and explain the key principles underlying the ability of some microorganisms including viruses to cause disease in humans and other animals.
02. Use key microbiological techniques to recognise and identify non-pathogenic and pathogenic microorganisms.
03. Conduct microbiological experiments and effectively communicate the results in written reports.
04. Perform basic mathematical calculations and prepare graphic representations to aid in the interpretation of experimental data.
05. Demonstrate independent learning and research skills by locating, interrogating and evaluating relevant scientific information.

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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-ordinatorAlison Brown

Class requirements

LectureWeek: 30 - 42
Three 1.00 hour 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 hours 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 practical theory test

N/AOtherIndividualNo20 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5

One 2-hour written examination

N/ACentral examIndividualNo55 SILO1, SILO4, SILO5

Group mini project (groups of 3 students) 2% teamwork, 8% assessment task (250-words per student)

N/AOtherGroupNo10 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5

MCQ online learning task (250-words)

N/AQuizzesIndividualNo5 SILO1, SILO2

Group assignment: one-page brochure (students work in pairs, 250-words per student)

N/AAssignmentGroupNo10 SILO1, SILO5