Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

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6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

School of Biomedical Sciences


Professor Brian Cooke



  • Second semester 2016 (Day)


The following aspects of the interactions of microbes with their hosts will be presented in lectures, tutorials, discussion groups and videos: The history of infectious diseases, medically important viruses and bacteria, pathogenic mechanisms in infectious diseases, immunity to infection, and their regulation, control of infection by vaccines and drugs, and emerging diseases.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. Explain the importance of micro-organisms in health and disease;
  2. Describe how host and pathogenic factors of micro-organisms affect the outcome of infection;
  3. Describe basic mechanisms of immunity to infection and the development and use of vaccines;
  4. Explain how infectious diseases are spread, tracked and controlled, and the susceptibility and resistance of microbial pathogens to antimicrobial agents;
  5. Describe some examples of microbial pathogens including bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites, the diseases that they cause, their mechanisms of pathogenesis, and treatment;
  6. Demonstrate knowledge of microbiological methodology and laboratory skills that are used to study and diagnose microbial pathogens.


Written theory examination (40%)
Mid-semester examination (10%)
Practical examination (25%)
In-semester laboratory and tutorial components (25%)

Workload requirements

3 lectures and one 3-hour laboratory class or tutorial/discussion session per week.

See also Unit timetable information

Chief examiner(s)

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study



Must be enrolled in one of the following:
+ Bachelor of Biomedical Science (including double degree programs)
+ Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Scholar Program)
+ Bachelor of Biomedical Science Advanced with Honours