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.

Details

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

Prerequisites:

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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Residential School Compulsory Residential School
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Unit Availabilities from Term 3 - 2021

Term 1 - 2022 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. Online Test 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

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2021 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 5 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 16.67% 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: Self-reflection
Feedback
Tutorials would benefit from redevelopment to increase the relevance and overall benefit to students
Recommendation
Tutorials will be be redeveloped to enhance real world relevance and highlight current developments in bacteriology
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Unit feedback
Feedback
Unit materials were easy to understand and everything was well explained.
Recommendation
Delivery of content will be maintained
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Unit Feedback and direct feedback
Feedback
The residential school was fantastic. The activities were well paced and allowed time for reflection on the lecture material without too much rushing. The teaching staff were excellent in providing support to students.
Recommendation
Activities within the residential school will be revised slightly to enhance their relevance but the overall format will be maintained.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student feedback
Feedback
The students appreciated the Residential School as it allowed them to put theory into practice and solidify knowledge.
Recommendation
Continue to schedule the Residential School to enhance the student experience.
Action Taken
Scheduling of the residential school was maintained in line with student feedback.
Source: Student feedback
Feedback
The students appreciated the knowledge, expertise and passion of the lecturer for the subject.
Recommendation
Ensure that lecturers are experts in the field to provide context.
Action Taken
Lecturing staff with the appropriate qualifications and background were used to staff the unit to maintain the ability to provide appropriate context and to ensure quality delivery of the unit.
Source: Student feedback
Feedback
The students found the resources provided, specially the weekly study questions useful however more tutorials may be beneficial.
Recommendation
Study questions and other resources to assist with learning to continue to be provided.
Action Taken
The tutorial materials will be updated to provide more context to the students and to assist them with answering the tutorial materials.
Source: Student feedback
Feedback
The students felt that the assessment return and feedback could be improved to assist with learning.
Recommendation
Investigate ways to enhance assessment feedback and improve on return timeliness.
Action Taken
Care will be taken to ensure a more rapid turn around time for assessment pieces. Additionally, online marking through Moodle will be used to allow the use of quickmarks to ensure quality feedback is provided in a timely fashion.
Source: Student feedback
Feedback
Some students found the Moodle page difficult to navigate.
Recommendation
Adopt teh new Moodle Tiles format to enhance student experience.
Action Taken
Tiles format was implemented.
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 - Online Test
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 - Online Test
2 - Written Assessment