Credit points: 30

Subject outline

This subject deals with disease causation by viruses, bacteria and eukaryotic microbes. Each of these three components is designed to give students a better understanding of disease-causing microorganisms, their life cycles, how they 'hijack' and control their host cells in order to initiate infection, cause disease and replicate. The subject will cover a number of significant pathogens including influenza, HIV, Hepatitis, Helicobacter, Salmonella and Plasmodium spp, Trypanosome spp and Leishmania spp. as well as concepts of emerging pathogenic infections, how this occurs, and what we can do to stop them.

SchoolLife Sciences

Credit points30

Subject Co-ordinatorLisa Francione

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesN/A

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites (MIC2MI or AGR3AH) and MIC2MMV Students admitted into SBMS or SBMD must complete MIC2MMV


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyMerit based quota management

Quota-conditions or rulesAssessed on an average of a student's performance in MIC2MI and MIC2MMV.

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. Apply concepts of molecular virology and bacterial pathogenesis to analyse and solve real world scenarios.
02. Apply concepts of molecular parasitology to analyse and solve real world scenarios.
03. Use key microbiological techniques to manipulate microorganisms for experiments in the laboratory and record data and interpretation of the results.
04. Analyse and appraise related scientific manuscripts on a set microbiological topic with respect to the experimental approach, research data, and conclusions.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 1, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment size150

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorLisa Francione

Class requirements

Laboratory ClassWeek: 10 - 22
Two 3.00 hours laboratory class per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

LectureWeek: 10 - 22
Four 1.00 hour lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

One 2-hour written examination (end of semester) (2,000-words equivalency)

N/ACentral examIndividualNo20 SILO1, SILO2

One 3-hour written examination (end of semester) (3,000-words equivalency)

N/ACentral examIndividualNo40 SILO1, SILO2

Scientific online comprehension exercise (1,000-words equivalency)

N/AOtherIndividualNo10 SILO4

Molecular virology - Online assessment quiz (500-words equivalency)

N/AQuizzesIndividualNo10 SILO1, SILO3

Workbook (500-words equivalency)

N/AOtherIndividualNo10 SILO1, SILO3

Group oral presentations (500-words)

N/AOral presentationGroupNo10 SILO2, SILO3