CQUniversity Unit Profile
MBIO12013 Microbiology for Health Care
Microbiology for Health Care
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General Information

Overview

This unit provides students with essential knowledge on the role of microorganisms and infection control within the context of health care. The unit will also cover host defences and the immune response, including the host-pathogen relationship and the mechanisms of microbial disease. Microbial epidemiology will be examined, with emphasis on worldwide discipline-specific examples.

Details

Career Level: Undergraduate
Unit Level: Level 2
Credit Points: 6
Student Contribution Band: 8
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Prereq: BMSC11002 Human Body Systems 2 or BIOH11005 Introductory Anatomy and Physiology or ALLH11004 Anatomy and Physiology for Health Professionals 2. Condition: Be enrolled in any of the following courses: CG95, CC30, CB77, CB29, CB66, CB70, CB86 or CQ23. This unit is incompatible with MBIO19012 Microbiology.

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

Offerings For Term 2 - 2019

Brisbane
Bundaberg
Cairns
Mackay
Online
Rockhampton
Sydney
Townsville

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Class and Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Bundaberg, Cairns, Emerald, Gladstone, Mackay, Rockhampton, Townsville
Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney

Assessment Overview

1. Online Quiz(zes)
Weighting: 20%
2. Written Assessment
Weighting: 30%
3. Examination
Weighting: 50%

Assessment Grading

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades.

Previous Student Feedback

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback from Moodle unit feedback

Feedback

Students enjoyed the home practical exercise

Recommendation

The home practical exercises will continue.

Feedback from Moodle unit feedback

Feedback

Some students thought that the content was not relevant to their course, while others thought it was highly relevant. Many commented favorably on the modules.

Recommendation

Discipline specific modules were introduced this term to make the content more relevant to the different disciplines. These will be modified next year following consultation with the respective course coordinators to make them even more relevant.

Feedback from Moodle unit feedback

Feedback

Students would like more explanation of the virtual labs, and possibly one larger document to explain the case study rather than a few smaller ones.

Recommendation

I will amend the assessment information for the virtual labs and case study to hopefully make it easier to understand.

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Describe the relationship between form and function in the major groups of microorganisms.
  2. Discuss the role of microorganisms in relation to human health, with particular reference to the normal microbiota and exogenous microorganisms.
  3. Describe the mechanisms of microbial diseases, including host-microbe interactions and disease transmission.
  4. Explain the fundamental principles of innate and adaptive (specific) immunity
  5. Describe the major cells and tissues of the immune system and state their function in the immune response.
  6. Apply the fundamental principles of microbial epidemiology to current issues relating to human health.
  7. Interpret the principles of sterilisation, disinfection, and infection control in relation to the student’s discipline area.
  8. Interpret the results of laboratory experiments in the context of the underlying microbiological principles.
Alignment of Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Graduate Attributes
N/A Level
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Professional Level
Advanced Level

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 - Online Quiz(zes) - 20%
2 - Written Assessment - 30%
3 - Examination - 50%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
9 - Social Innovation

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Online Quiz(zes) - 20%
2 - Written Assessment - 30%
3 - Examination - 50%
Textbooks and Resources

Textbooks

Prescribed

Microbiology and infection control for health professionals 6th (2015)

Authors: Lee & Bishop
Pearson
Frenchs Forest Frenchs Forest , NSW , Australia
ISBN: 9781442549128
Binding: Other

Additional Textbook Information

Paper copies can be purchased at the CQUni Bookshop here: http://bookshop.cqu.edu.au (search on the Unit code)

eBooks can be purchased from the publisher's website here: https://pearson.com.au/9781486019724

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
Referencing Style

All submissions for this unit must use the referencing styles below:

For further information, see the Assessment Tasks.

Teaching Contacts
Sandrine Makiela Unit Coordinator
s.makiela@cqu.edu.au
Schedule
Week 1 Begin Date: 15 Jul 2019

Module/Topic

Introduction, bacteria.

Chapter

Lee & Bishop, ch 1 & 3.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 2 Begin Date: 22 Jul 2019

Module/Topic

Fungi, protozoans and parasites.

Chapter

Lee & Bishop, ch 6.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 3 Begin Date: 29 Jul 2019

Module/Topic

Viruses.

Chapter

Lee & Bishop, ch 3 & 5.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 4 Begin Date: 05 Aug 2019

Module/Topic

Microbial growth, replication and genetics.

Chapter

Lee & Bishop, ch 2-6.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 5 Begin Date: 12 Aug 2019

Module/Topic

Immunity.

Chapter

Lee & Bishop, ch 9.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Vacation Week Begin Date: 19 Aug 2019

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 6 Begin Date: 26 Aug 2019

Module/Topic

Principles of disease.

Chapter

Lee & Bishop, ch 7, 8 & 10.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Practicals and virtual laboratory: Part 1 upload of pictures and data due Monday 26th August, 5pm AEST.

Week 7 Begin Date: 02 Sep 2019

Module/Topic

Principles of disease.

Chapter

Lee & Bishop, ch 7, 8 & 10.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Practicals and virtual laboratory: Part 1 Quiz 1 opens Monday.

Week 8 Begin Date: 09 Sep 2019

Module/Topic

Control of growth, infection control.

Chapter

Lee & Bishop, ch 11 & 12.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 9 Begin Date: 16 Sep 2019

Module/Topic

Issues in public health.

Chapter

Lee & Bishop, ch 13 & 14.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Practicals and virtual laboratory: Part 1 Quiz 1 due Monday 16th September, 11:55pm AEST.

Practicals and virtual laboratory: Part 2 Quizzes 2-4 open Monday.

Week 10 Begin Date: 23 Sep 2019

Module/Topic

Module A or Module B or Module C

(see Term Specific Information)

Chapter

Specific readings for each module will be provided on the Moodle site.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 11 Begin Date: 30 Sep 2019

Module/Topic

Continuation of modules.

Chapter


Events and Submissions/Topic

Case Study Analysis Due: Week 11 Monday (30 Sept 2019) 11:55 pm AEST
Week 12 Begin Date: 07 Oct 2019

Module/Topic

Continuation of modules.

Chapter


Events and Submissions/Topic

Practicals and virtual laboratory: Part 2 Quizzes 2-4 due Monday 7th October, 11:55pm AEST.

Review/Exam Week Begin Date: 14 Oct 2019

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Exam Week Begin Date: 21 Oct 2019

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Term Specific Information

Assessment 1:
For part 1 of your Practicals and Virtual Laboratory you will require a Microbiology Kit. These are available free from the CQUniversity Bookshop. If you are enrolled as an on-campus student you will need to pick one up from your campus (location details are given on the Moodle site). Distance students will have one sent to your address as recorded on MyCentre. If you need it sent to a different address, please contact the unit coordinator ASAP. Your kit should arrive by the end of week 2. If not, please contact the CQUniversity Bookshop via email (bookshop-customerservice@cqu.edu.au) to follow up on your kit.
Modules:
You will notice in the Schedule that there are different module choices in weeks 10-12. Each module has different topics; this is done to make the unit more relevant to your discipline area. Later in the term, you will need to choose which module you want to do using a Choice activity on the Moodle site.

Assessment Tasks

1 Online Quiz(zes)

Assessment Title
Practicals and Virtual Laboratory

Task Description

You will be required to complete practical exercises, both in person at home (Part 1) and virtually (Part 2), and complete four online quizzes.

For Part 1, you will need to obtain the Microbiology Kit (see Term Specific Information section) and perform a series of tasks (5 in total) followed by a quiz. Details of these tasks, including instructional videos, will be available on the Moodle site. For each task, you will be required to upload pictures of your work and upload your data into Moodle. The unit coordinator will collate the class data, and you will then do an online quiz based on the class data (Quiz 1). The quiz will open on the Monday of Week 7.

For Part 2, you will carry out 3 virtual laboratory exercises on the Moodle site. Assessment of this part will be via 3 online quizzes (Quizzes 2-4). The quizzes consist of multiple choice questions and will open on the Monday of Week 9.


Number of Quizzes

4


Frequency of Quizzes


Assessment Due Date

Part 1 - Upload of pictures and data on the Monday of Week 6 at 5pm AEST, Quiz 1 due Monday of Week 9 at 11:55pm AEST. Part 2 - Quizzes 2-4 due on the Monday of Week 12 at 11:55pm AEST.


Return Date to Students

Part 1 (pictures and data) at the beginning of Week 8, Part 1 & 2 quizzes: Moodle should return your results within half an hour.


Weighting
20%

Minimum mark or grade
50%

Assessment Criteria

This assessment piece is worth 20% of the total unit marks, with 10% allocated to each part.

Part 1 (10%) consists of 5 separate tasks and a quiz. For each task, you must upload one picture of your work and the required data. Marks will be awarded for the reporting of valid data (including the photo) and successful completion of the task (1% each for a total of 5%). The quiz on the class data is worth the other 5%.

Part 2 (10%) is assessed via online quiz questions, and the final mark is the total of the three quiz marks.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Discuss the role of microorganisms in relation to human health, with particular reference to the normal microbiota and exogenous microorganisms.
  • Interpret the principles of sterilisation, disinfection, and infection control in relation to the student’s discipline area.
  • Interpret the results of laboratory experiments in the context of the underlying microbiological principles.


Graduate Attributes
  • Information Technology Competence

2 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Case Study Analysis

Task Description

You will be provided with video footage of a workplace situation relevant to your future workplace. There will be videos in several discipline areas for you to choose from (available from the unit Moodle site) and you will each need to choose one video only for this assessment. The videos will depict typical workplace occurrences but with flaws in infection control procedures. Using Moodle forums, chat rooms, or other means, you may discuss the footage with other students and identify the flaws in infection control procedures.

The case study analysis (report) will be done individually. You will be limited to a maximum of 5 incidents in your reports. Since there will be more than 5 incidents on the videos, you will be asked to report on those which you believe are the most important, and will be asked to justify your decision. The report will need to discuss how each incident may transmit and cause disease, and reflect on the infection control measures needed to rectify the situation. This will need to be substantiated with evidence from the literature.

After the 5 incidents, you will need to critically evaluate information from the literature on the spread of infection in your future workplace. For example, you would include any reported disease outbreaks and your future workplace's current infection control policies and procedures. This information, as well as the infection control measures suggested from the 5 incidents, will then be used to formulate a final recommendation for the report.

As this assessment will commence at the beginning of term, you will be encouraged to revisit the video as more unit material is covered in lectures. Detailed guidelines for this task will be available from the unit Moodle site.

Suggested length: 2000 - 2500 words.


Assessment Due Date

Week 11 Monday (30 Sept 2019) 11:55 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

Review/Exam Week Monday (14 Oct 2019)


Weighting
30%

Minimum mark or grade
40%

Assessment Criteria

The complete assessment marking rubrics will be available on the Moodle site and will be based on the following criteria:

  • Identification of problems (15%)
  • Discussion of disease potential (10%)
  • Recommended infection control solution and relevance to future workplace (25%)
  • Application of critical analysis (20%)
  • Presentation (10%)
  • Clarity of expression (10%)
  • Referencing (10%)


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Describe the mechanisms of microbial diseases, including host-microbe interactions and disease transmission.
  • Apply the fundamental principles of microbial epidemiology to current issues relating to human health.
  • Interpret the principles of sterilisation, disinfection, and infection control in relation to the student’s discipline area.


Graduate Attributes
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy

Examination

Outline
Complete an invigilated examination

Date
During the examination period, at a CQUniversity examination centre

Weighting
50%

Length
120 minutes

Minimum mark or grade
50%

Details
Dictionary - non-electronic, concise, direct translation only (dictionary must not contain any notes or comments).
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