MICR5829 Foundations of Infectious Diseases

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)

If this unit does not have an online alternative, then students who are presently unable to enter Western Australia and whose studies would be delayed by an inability to complete this unit, should contact the unit coordinator (details given on this page) to ascertain, on an individual case-by-case basis, if alternate arrangements can be made to support their study in this unit.

AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
Content
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.
Outcomes
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.
Assessment
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
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Graduate Diploma in Infectious Diseases (51330); or the Master of Infectious Diseases (52530) or the Master of Clinical Pathology (92510)
Contact hours
lectures/tutorials: 3 hours per week; labs/demonstrations: 4 hours per week
Text

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

Supplementary
texts 

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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