MICR5840 Practicum in Infectious Diseases Part 2

12 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth), PathWest LaboratoriesMulti-mode
This unit is taken over one semester in the case of full-time students and both parts must be completed to fulfil the requirements of the unit. Part-time students must also start the unit in semester one and complete the unit over two semesters. This practicum provides an opportunity for the student to develop hands-on laboratory skills in a large state pathology laboratory (PathWest) or other microbiology laboratory and to pursue research and development aspects of a topic of interest. A range of topics offered include molecular diagnostics and molecular epidemiology techniques. Students with specific topic interests outside the range offered are encouraged to discuss these with the unit coordinator.
Students are able to (1) develop laboratory skills and understanding of the work flow in a diagnostic or other microbiology laboratory; (2) extend their knowledge and understanding of infectious diseases; and (3) develop good oral and written communication skills.
A variety of assessment modalities are used including a laboratory log book, a seminar and a written report.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Barbara Chang and Associate Professor Christopher Peacock
Unit rules
enrolment in the Master of Infectious Diseases
Unit availability is subject to availability of placements.
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Books and other material wherever listed may be subject to change. Book lists relating to 'Preliminary reading', 'Recommended reading' and 'Textbooks' are, in most cases, available at the University Co-operative Bookshop (from early January) and appropriate administrative offices for students to consult. Where texts are listed in the unit description above, an asterisk (*) indicates that the book is available in paperback.