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Unit Overview


This unit provides a comprehensive coverage of the control of bacterial, viral, fungal and parasitic infections by antimicrobial agents, including conventional as well as alternative therapies such as natural products, bacteriophages and probiotics. Practical classes and assignments illustrate the use and effectiveness of selected antimicrobial agents.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth), QEII Medical CentreFace to face

Students are able to (1) analyse key features of different classes of antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal and antiparasitic agents, including their histories, mechanisms of action and activity spectra; (2) evaluate mechanisms of resistance to antimicrobial agents and explain how these arise; (3) compare approaches to countering antimicrobial resistance, including antimicrobial stewardship, the development of new drugs and use of novel therapeutics; (4) describe the administration and clinical uses of antimicrobial agents, including any associated adverse outcomes such as toxicity or drug interactions; and (5) critically evaluate techniques for antimicrobial susceptibility testing in the laboratory, and explain how the interpretation of laboratory data may guide therapy.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) in-semester tests; (2) laboratory assessments; and (3) end-of-semester 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
or 54540 Master of Infectious Diseases
or 51500 Master of Pharmacy
or 01810/52520 Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Infectious Diseases
or 52530 Master of Infectious Diseases
Advisable prior study
MICR5829 Foundations of Infectious Diseases.
MICR5842 Principles of Infection and Immunity.
PUBH4403 Epidemiology I.
MICR5830 Principles of Mycology and Parasitology
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week
laboratory classes: 2 hours per week

The material covered in lectures and tutorials comes from a wide variety of sources, hence the course material is not covered comprehensively in standard textbooks. In some cases teaching material is derived from research articles and reviews from scientific journals. Lecturers provide references to appropriate journal articles.

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