BMSC13003 - Advanced Clinical Microbiology

General Information

Unit Synopsis

On completion of this unit, you will be able to identify and discuss the clinical significance of viruses, prions, fungi and parasites causing human disease. You will investigate the morphological characteristics, epidemiology, laboratory identification of these microorganisms and will be able to debate causes of mycological, parasitic and viral infectious diseases. You will discuss the life cycle of important parasites and their relevance to disease control. You will be able to interpret basic serological tests for the detection of human pathogenic viruses.


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

Prerequisite: MBIO19012 Microbiology

Prerequisite: BMSC12011 Clinical Microbiology

Prerequisite: BIOL12106 Molecular Biology

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Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2019

Term 2 - 2019 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

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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%).

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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 52.63% 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
Positive student response to the two day residential school.
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
For the first time the residential school incorporated 3D printing of virus particles and this will be repeated in 2018.
Source: Student Feedback
Positive Residential School Experience
Continued use of CQUs 3D printing resources
Action Taken
Source: Student Feedback
Assessment Item Feedback
Reevaluate the content marking criteria and scope of assessment items which will allow for a more comprehensive feedback to students
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes
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