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BMSC12011 - Medical Microbiology 1

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit will provide you with evidence based learning and practice to maximise your diagnostic capabilities for the accurate detection, identification and management of infectious diseases of humans. This unit will provide you with a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of infectious diseases, the laboratory identification of causative pathogens as well as their pathogenicity and epidemiology. The unit will also include provision of the skills necessary to undertake common practical laboratory processes in clinical bacteriology.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 2
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites


MBIO19012 Microbiology
BIOL12106 Molecular Biology

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).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2020

Term 2 - 2020 Profile
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Term 1 - 2021 Profile
Mixed Mode

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).

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.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Practical Assessment 35%
2. Written Assessment 15%
3. Examination 50%

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

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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.

Source: Student feedback
Weekly quizzes to support learning
Quizzes and Multiple choice questions will accompany weekly modules
Action Taken
Enhanced practice questions were incorporated into weekly tutorials together with learning resources for essay writing practice
Source: Student feedback
Assessment feedback
Reevaluate content marking criteria and scope of essay based assessment item and timing of submission date in relation to residential school
Action Taken
A re-designed written assessment was incorporated to enhance the ability to compare and contrast pathogens which was accompanied by a comprehensive marking criteria .
Source: Residential School
Increase the use of molecular techniques in practical classes
A practical exercise involving a molecular diagnostic technique to diagnose microbial pathogens incorporated into the residential school schedule
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Discuss the clinical significance and laboratory detection of bacterial commensal flora, pathogens and opportunistic pathogens of each of the human body systems
  2. Appraise the use of molecular techniques for identifying bacteria causing human disease
  3. Use practical skills to isolate, identify and test the basic antimicrobial resistance of pathogenic bacteria
  4. Discuss the mechanisms of antimicrobial resistance in bacteria
  5. Apply appropriate quality control processes for the practice of bacteriology.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Practical Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Examination
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
8 - Ethical practice
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Practical Assessment
3 - Examination
2 - Written Assessment