UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

MICR3330 Bacteria and Bacterial Disease

Credit 6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1QEII Medical CentreFace to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 core unit in the Microbiology and Immunology major sequence
Content This unit examines the structure, physiology and genetics of bacteria as they relate to the pathogenesis of infectious disease. The unit offers a strong theoretical background in the biology of bacteria, the virulence mechanisms and strategies employed by bacterial pathogens, and the design of novel prevention and treatment strategies based on our understanding of bacterial pathogenesis. Lectures are complemented with laboratory classes that develop technical, analytical and reporting skills. The unit has the following themes: (1) bacterial cell structure and physiology; (2) molecular genetics and evolution of bacteria; and (3) mechanisms of bacterial pathogenesis.
Outcomes Students are able to (1) integrate their understanding of bacterial cell structure, physiology and genetics; (2) describe the major mechanisms by which bacteria interact with their hosts to cause disease and how such processes may be manipulated for the prevention and treatment of infections; and (3) describe the characteristics, epidemiology, pathogenesis and control of some major bacterial pathogens.
Assessment Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s) Professor Barbara Chang
Unit rules
Prerequisites: (MICR2208 Introductory Microbiology, and MICR2209 Introduction to Infectious Diseases and Immunology); or Biomedical Science major Level 2 units
Incompatibility: MICR3302 Infections and Immunity
Contact hours lectures: 2–3 hours per week; labs/tutorials: 2–3 hours per week
Unit Outlinehttp://www.unitoutlines.meddent.uwa.edu.au/Units/MICR3330/SEM-1/2017

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