UWA Handbook 2017

Course details

Master of Infectious Diseases (coursework and dissertation)

This course provides advanced training in the field of infectious diseases including topics in medical microbiology, tropical infectious diseases and public and environmental health microbiology. It includes an individual research project or a practicum. The course is aimed at science-based and medical professionals intending to work in research and hospital diagnostic laboratories, medical clinics, government health departments and international agencies.

Course overview

Course overview

Course titleMaster of Infectious Diseases (coursework and dissertation)
Award abbreviationMInfectDis
Course code52530
Course typemaster's degree by coursework and dissertation
Statuscurrent / 2017
Administered byFaculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences
CRICOS code058929E
COURSE DETAILS
  
Intake periodsBeginning of year only
Attendance typefull- or part-time (Student visa holders should read Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 for more information.)
Credit points required96
A standard full-time load is 24 points per semester.
Standard course duration2 years
Time limit5 years
Delivery modeinternal
Locations offeredUWA (Perth)
Domestic fee typeCommonwealth supported and/or HECS-HELP
Course Coordinator(s)Professor Barbara Chang

Prospective students should see the Future Students website for details on admission requirements, intake periods, fees, availability to international students, careers information etc.

Course structure

Course structure

Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; NS = non-standard teaching period

All units have a value of six points unless otherwise stated.

Take all units (72 points):

S1MICR5829Foundations of Infectious Diseases
S1MICR5830Principles of Mycology and Parasitology
S2MICR5831Molecular and Cellular Microbiology Part 1
S2MICR5832Diagnostic Medical Microbiology
S2MICR5833Antimicrobial Agents
S2MICR5834Tropical, Travel and Remote Area Infectious Diseases
S2MICR5835Vectors of Infectious Diseases and Vector Control
S2MICR5836Public and Environmental Health Microbiology
S1MICR5842Principles of Infection and Immunity
S2MICR5846Molecular and Cellular Microbiology Part 2
S1PUBH4403Epidemiology I
NSPUBH5761Epidemiology and Control of Communicable Diseases

Take unit(s) to the value of 24 points from either the research project pair or the practicum pair:

Group A

S2, S1MICR5838Research Project in Infectious Diseases Part 1 (12 points)
S1MICR5839Practicum in Infectious Diseases Part 1 (12 points)
S1MICR5840Practicum in Infectious Diseases Part 2 (12 points)
S2, S1MICR5841Research Project in Infectious Diseases Part 2 (12 points)
S2MICR5843Research Project in Infectious Diseases Part 3 (12 points)
S2MICR5844Research Project in Infectious Diseases Part 4 (12 points)

Example 1: Course Study Plan: PSP-52530-1 (opens in a new window)

Example 2: Course Study Plan: PSP-52530-2 (opens in a new window)


See also the rules for the course and the Student Rules.

Rules

Rules

Applicability of the Student Rules, policies and procedures

1.(1) The Student Rules apply to students in this course.

(2) The policy, policy statements and guidance documents and student procedures apply, except as otherwise indicated in the rules for this course.

Academic Conduct Essentials module

2.(1) Except as stated in (2), a student who enrols in this course for the first time irrespective of whether they have previously been enrolled in another course of the University, must undertake the Academic Conduct Essentials module (the ACE module).

(2) A student who has previously achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACE module is not required to repeat the module.

English Language competency requirements

3. To be considered eligible for consideration for admission to this course an applicant must satisfy the University's English language competence requirement as set out in the University Policy on Admission: Coursework.

Admission requirements

4. To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must have—

(a) a relevant bachelor's degree1, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA;

and

(b) (i) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 60 per cent in the Level 3 units; or

(ii) at least three years of relevant full-time professional experience; or

(iii) evidence of adequate research outputs, as recognised by UWA.

1A relevant bachelor's degree includes a Bachelor of Science in a biomedical or biological discipline, Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, Bachelor of Dental Science, and a bachelor's degree in applied biomedical science or public health (medical technology, nursing, pharmacy, public health, and veterinary science).

Admission ranking and selection

5. Where relevant, admission will be awarded to the highest ranked applicants or applicants selected based on the relevant requirements.

Articulations and exit awards

6.(1) The following courses form part of an articulated sequence:

  • 51330 Graduate Diploma in Infectious Diseases (48 points)
  • 52530 Master of Infectious Diseases (96 points)

(2) A student who withdraws from the Master of Infectious Diseases course before completing it, but after fulfilling the requirements of a lesser award in the above sequence, may apply for the relevant award.

Course structure

7.(1) The course consists of units to a total value of 96 points.

(2) Units must be selected in accordance with the course structure, as set out in these rules.

Satisfactory progress

8. To make satisfactory progress in a calendar year a student must pass units to a value of at least half the total value of units in which they remain enrolled after the final date for withdrawal without academic penalty.

9. A student who has not achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACE module when their progress status is assessed will not have made satisfactory progress even if they have met the other requirements for satisfactory progress in Rule 8.

Progress status

10. Unless the Faculty determines otherwise in exceptional circumstances—

(a) the Faculty will assign a progress status of 'On Probation' to a student who has failed to make satisfactory progress under Rule 8 but has been permitted to re-enrol in recognition of exceptional circumstances;

(b) the Faculty will assign a progress status of 'Suspended' to a student who has failed to make satisfactory progress under Rule 8 for the first time;

(c) the Faculty will assign a progress status of 'Excluded' to a student who has failed to make satisfactory progress under Rule 8 for the second time.

11. A student who does not make satisfactory progress in terms of Rule 9 is assigned the progress status of 'On Probation', unless they have been assigned a progress status of 'Suspended' or 'Excluded' for failure to meet other satisfactory progress requirements in Rule 8.

Award with distinction

12. To be awarded the degree with distinction a student must achieve a course weighted average mark (WAM) of at least 80 per cent in—

(a) all units above Level 3 attempted as part of the course that are awarded a final percentage mark;

(b) all relevant units above Level 3 undertaken in articulating courses of this University that are awarded a final percentage mark;

and

(c) all units above Level 3 completed at this University that are credited to the master's degree course.

Additional rules

Supplementary assessment

13. Academic Council has granted permission for an opportunity for supplementary assessment to be granted to a student who—

(a) obtains a mark of 45 to 49 inclusive in any of the following units:

MICR5829 Foundations of Infectious Diseases

MICR5842 Principles of Infection and Immunity

MICR5830 Principles of Mycology and Parasitology

MICR5846 Molecular and Cellular Microbiology Part 2

MICR5832 Diagnostic Medical Microbiology

MICR5836 Public and Environmental Health Microbiology; or

(b) obtains a mark of 45 to 49 inclusive in a unit in which they are currently enrolled and which is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.