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BMSC13003 - Advanced Clinical Microbiology

General Information

Unit Synopsis

On completion of this unit , students should be able to identify and discuss the clinical significance of antimicrobial resistance in bacteria as well as mycobacteria, viruses, prions, fungi and parasites causing human disease. Students will investigate morphological characteristics and pathogenicity of these microorganisms and will be able to debate causes and laboratory detection of antimicrobial resistance in bacteria. Students will discuss the life cycle of important parasites and their relevance to disease control. Students will be able to interpret basic serological tests for the detection of human pathogenic microorganisms.

Details

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 3
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Prerequisite: MBIO19012 Microbiology

Corequisite: BMSC12011 Clinical 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).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2016

Term 2 - 2017 Profile
Mixed Mode
Rockhampton
Term 2 - 2018 Profile
Mixed Mode
Rockhampton
Term 2 - 2019 Profile
Mixed Mode
Rockhampton
Term 2 - 2020 Profile
Mixed Mode
Rockhampton
Term 2 - 2021 Profile
Mixed Mode
Rockhampton
Term 2 - 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 30%
2. Written Assessment 25%
3. Examination 45%

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 2 - 2020 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.5 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 40% 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 from residential school
Feedback
Continue to provide laboratory experience in molecular techniques during residential school
Recommendation
Continue to provide students with experience in contemporary and emerging laboratory assays in medical microbiology
Action Taken
New molecular methodology incorporated into residential school
Source: Student feedback
Feedback
Students enjoyed the Residential School and found that it complemented the theory well.
Recommendation
Continue with the Residential School format.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student feedback
Feedback
Students appreciated the expertise of the lecturer and the anecdotes that put theory into context.
Recommendation
ensure that lecturers have expertise in the subject and recent relevant experience to continue to provide contemporary knowledge.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student feedback
Feedback
Some students felt that the end of Term Online Test could have been more challenging.
Recommendation
The end of term test will be reviewed.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Describe the clinical significance and laboratory detection of the principal viral, prion, fungal, parasitic and mycobacterial diseases of humans.
  2. Appraise the use of molecular techniques for identifying mycobacteria, viruses, prions, fungi and parasites causing human disease
  3. Explain the causes of antimicrobial resistance
  4. Apply antimicrobial susceptibility testing procedures to the detect and identify of mechanisms of antimicrobial resistance in bacteria.
  5. Evaluate and interpret different testing methods used in the detection and monitoring of infectious disease serology.
  6. Evaluate microbiological quality control processes in relation to antimicrobial resistance mechanisms, mycobacteria, prions, viruses, fungi and parasites causing human disease and institute corrective action as required.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
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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 6
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
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2 - Written Assessment
3 - Examination
1 - Practical Assessment