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Unit Overview


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.

6 points
Not available in 2024UWA (Perth)Face to face

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.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (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.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

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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