NATS 3030 Medical Microbiology
Credit Points 10
Legacy Code 300826
Coordinator Colin Stack Opens in new window
Description Infectious diseases worldwide are the most common cause of illness. Medical microbiology is subdivided into four areas: virology, bacteriology, mycology (the study of fungi) and parasitology. The rapid evolution of microbes means that this is an area that does not remain static. This unit has a modern approach to the study of the balance between the host, humans, and the very large army of potential invaders. Students will embark on a journey into the world of pathogenic micro-organisms exploring the molecular mechanisms by which these override host defences leading to disease. Infectious diseases of the human body systems as well those of the immunocompromised and infections contracted in the healthcare setting (nosocomial) are discussed. The theory will be supported with laboratory experience representing diagnostic procedures for the identification of infectious agents.
Student Contribution Band HECS Band 2 10cp
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Level Undergraduate Level 3 subject
Pre-requisite(s) BIOS 2022
Equivalent Subjects LGYA 5866 - Medical Microbiology NATS 3031 - Medical Microbiology
- Differentiate the mechanisms of infections caused by true pathogens from those caused by opportunistic pathogens
- Describe the factors and mechanisms by which the human host is protected from microbial invasion
- Understand and apply appropriate biochemical and molecular techniques used in the identification of clinical specimens
- Explain the rationale behind the performance of antimicrobial susceptibility tests
- Analyse and interpret scientific literature and effectively communicate
- Associate the various infectious agents that affect special populations with the conditions that predispose these patients to a particular infection
2. Non-specific and specific (immune system) defence of the human body
3. Principles of the pathogenesis of disease including mechanisms by which microbial agents override the host non-specific and specific defence system to produce disease at the molecular level
4. Diseases of the human body systems and respective aetiological agents
5. Specimen collection techniques for the detection of microbial pathogens
6. Laboratory diagnostic procedures for the isolation, identification and antibiotic sensitivities where applicable of microbial pathogens
7. Molecular techniques and development of new diagnostic capabilities for microbial pathogens
8. Current areas of research interests in medical microbiology
The following table summarises the standard assessment tasks for this subject. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated, where there is a difference your Learning Guide takes precedence.
|Creative Essay (10%) & Scientific presentation (10%)||1,500 words plus 5 minute presentation||20||N||Individual|
|Practical Exam is administered via vUWS Identification of clinical unknown is via e-mail||60 minutes||30||N||Individual|
|Final exam - online||2 hours plus 5 minutes extra for uploading to turinitin||50||N||Individual|
- Kiser, K.M., Payne, W.C., &Taff, T.A. (2011) Clinical Laboratory Microbiology: A Practical Approach. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall.
- Sherris Medical Microbiology by Kenneth Ryan 2018 (McGraw-Hill)
2022 Semester 2
Subject Contact Colin Stack Opens in new window
Attendance Requirements 80% attendance rate is imposed in all core subjects’ due to the nature of class activities that are aligned with subject assessments.