BMSC12011 - Clinical Microbiology

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.

Details

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

Prerequisites:

MBIO19012 Microbiology
BIOL12106 Molecular Biology

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Residential School Compulsory Residential School
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Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2018

Term 2 - 2018 Profile
Mixed Mode
Rockhampton
Term 2 - 2019 Profile
Mixed Mode
Rockhampton

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 Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2017 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 3.6 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 40.74% response rate.

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 report
Feedback
To assist in cementing the amount of knowledge that is learnt each week, weekly quizzes might be helpful to remember the important topics.
Recommendation
Support self-assessment exercises are provided in the textbook that is recommended reading to accompany this course. Provision of further quizzes will be considered as formative feedback learning tools for specific themes.
Action Taken
Incorporation of weekly quizzes to support learning material
Source: Student feedback report
Feedback
The residential school/workbook had far too much content for the allotted time.There were too many cases to get through and not enough lab staff to go around for everyone and the many questions they had.
Recommendation
The residential school will be re-evaluated in response to student feedback, with regard to both content and workload, and how the learning experience may be improved in order to support student attainment of learning outcomes.
Action Taken
The residential school has been designed to replicate a busy clinical setting reflecting teamwork, content and number of tasks to to perform over the 3 day period will re-evaluated
Source: Student feedback
Feedback
Weekly quizzes to support learning
Recommendation
Quizzes and Multiple choice questions will accompany weekly modules
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student feedback
Feedback
Assessment feedback
Recommendation
Reevaluate content marking criteria and scope of essay based assessment item and timing of submission date in relation to residential school
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Describe the principal bacterial pathogens, commensal flora and opportunistic pathogens of each of the human body systems
  2. Appraise the use of molecular techniques for identifying bacterial pathogens in human disease
  3. Use practical skills to isolate, identify and test the basic antimicrobial resistance of pathogenic bacteria
  4. Describe the mechanisms of antimicrobial resistance in bacteria
  5. Understand and apply appropriate quality control processes for practice in clinical microbiology

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