MICR5833 Antimicrobial Agents

6 points
(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.

Semester 2UWA (Perth), QEII Medical CentreFace to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
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.
Students are able to (1) recall and integrate key knowledge and concepts relating to the main classes of antimicrobial agents used in the treatment of bacterial, fungal, parasitic, and viral infections—details include the development and history of these agents, mechanism of action, mechanisms of resistance, clincal and thereapeutic applications, and toxicities and (2) recall and integrate knowledge and concepts related to the use of antimicrobial agents, including the development of antibiotic resistance, infection control and antibiotic stewardship, and the role of antimicrobials in specific situations (e.g. ventilator-associated pneumonia and outbreaks of infectious diseases).
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) written laboratory report; (2) written assignment; and (3) two-hour end-of-semester 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; or Master of Infectious Diseases; or Master of Pharmacy
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; labs/assignments: 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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