MICR5814 Epidemiology and Infection
- 6 points
Availability Location Mode Semester 2 UWA (Perth) Face to face
- This unit discusses microbial structure and function; epidemiological methods; microbial structure and function; microbial classification and identification; sterilisation and disinfection; mycology; outbreaks; antibiotic resistance; commensal flora; properties of viruses; self-directed learning; diagnostic mycology; specimen collection and diagnosis; skin and soft tissue infections; urogenital tract microbiology; wounds; gastrointestinal tract microbiology; diagnostic virology and blood and respiratory tract.
- Students are able to (1) explain the body's normal defence against infection; (2) outline the various types of infectious diseases caused by bacteria, fungi, viruses and parasites; (3) outline how infections are diagnosed in the laboratory and the role of the nurse in specimen collection, storage and transport; and (4) discuss the theoretical basis of sterilisation and disinfection procedures and discuss infection control principles and the importance of health care-related infections within the clinical environment.
- Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) three class tests and an assignment (40 per cent) and (2) a two-hour final examination (60 per cent). Further information is available in the unit outline.
Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
- Unit Coordinator(s)
- Dr Kate Hammer
- Contact hours
- lectures/lab sessions: 39 hours
There is no prescribed text.
- Further reading
Willey, J. M. et al. Prescott's Microbiology, 8th/9th edn: McGraw-Hill 2011/2014
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