MICR3330 Bacteria and Bacterial Disease

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
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.
Students are able to (1) describe bacterial cell structure, physiology and genetics; (2) explain processes of gene regulation in bacteria; (3) describe mechanisms by which bacteria interact with their hosts to cause disease; (4) obtain practical skills in the culture and manipulation of bacteria in the laboratory; and (5) describe the characteristics, epidemiology, pathogenesis and control of major bacterial pathogens.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) MCQ quiz assessment; (2) laboratory report; and (3) final examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

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
(MICR2208 Introductory Microbiology,
MICR2209 Introduction to Infectious Diseases and Immunology);
Biomedical Science major Level 2 units
MICR3302 Infections and Immunity
Contact hours
lectures: 2–3 hours per week; labs/tutorials: 2–3 hours per week
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