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Unit Overview


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.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face

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.

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

Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Kate Hammer
Unit rules
Enrolment in
51330 Graduate Diploma in Infectious Diseases
or 54540 Master of Infectious Diseases
or 92510 Master of Clinical Pathology
or 01810/52520 Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Infectious Diseases
Contact hours
lectures/tutorials: 3 hours per week
labs/demonstrations: 4 hours per week
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
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  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.