MICR5829 Foundations of Infectious Diseases

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
This unit consists of lectures and tutorials covering the most clinically important bacterial, viral, fungal and parasitic pathogens and their associated infectious diseases. The diagnosis, treatment and control of infectious diseases is also covered. Practical classes demonstrate common bacterial pathogens, laboratory techniques and the role of the diagnostic laboratory.
Students are able to (1) demonstrate an advanced understanding of the features of infectious agents, including bacteria, fungi, viruses and parasites; (2) demonstrate an advanced understanding of major types of infectious diseases and their causative agents; (3) evaluate approaches to the control of infectious diseases including chemotherapeutic agents, sterilisation and disinfection and infection control practices; and (4) evaluate techniques commonly used in diagnostic laboratories and obtain competency in several basic laboratory skills.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) multiple-choice tests during the semester; (2) laboratory assessments; and (3) examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is available for those students who obtain a mark of 45 to 49 inclusive in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Kate Hammer
Unit rules
enrolment in the Graduate Diploma in Infectious Diseases (51330);
the Master of Infectious Diseases (52530)
the Master of Clinical Pathology (92510)
Contact hours
lectures/tutorials: 3 hours per week; labs/demonstrations: 4 hours per week

Goering RV. et al. Mims' Medical Microbiology and Immunology (Sixth edition); New York: Elsevier; 2018.


Tille PM. Bailey & Scott's Diagnostic Microbiology (Fourteenth edition); St. Louis, Missouri: Elsevier; 2017. 

Willey J, Sandman, K, Wood D. Prescott's Microbiology (Eleventh edition); New York: McGraw-Hill; 2020.

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