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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

Faculty/College

Faculty of Health

Unit aim

Builds on the level of understanding obtained in the units of Microbiology and Immunology. There is an increased focus on diagnosis and control of infectious diseases in humans, and on analysis and interpretation of complex microbiological data. Students will develop investigative and analytical skills and be able to solve clinical cases related to infectious diseases.

Unit content

  • Laboratory management and collection procedures for clinical specimens.
  • Bacterial, viral, fungal and parasitic infections of the body systems.
  • Pulmonary and systemic opportunistic infections.
  • Clinical virology.
  • Antimicrobial drugs.

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:
1 identify and distinguish among common human microbial pathogens and normal flora
2 summarise and compare human microbial infectious diseases
3 apply conventional and modern methods for diagnosing and controlling bacterial, viral, fungal and parasitic infections
4 solve a series of clinical cases in human infectious diseases of the soft tissues, respiratory, and urogenital tracts and complete clinical laboratory reports
5 solve a series of clinical cases in human infectious diseases of the digestive system and complete clinical laboratory reports
6 solve a series of clinical cases in human infectious diseases of the nervous and cardiovascular systems and complete clinical laboratory reports
7 evaluate specimen collection procedures.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. identify and distinguish among common human microbial pathogens and normal flora
  2. summarise and compare human microbial infectious diseases
  3. apply conventional and modern methods for diagnosing and controlling bacterial, viral, fungal and parasitic infections
  4. solve a series of clinical cases in human infectious diseases of the soft tissues, respiratory, and urogenital tracts and complete clinical laboratory reports
  5. solve a series of clinical cases in human infectious diseases of the digestive system and complete clinical laboratory reports
  6. solve a series of clinical cases in human infectious diseases of the nervous and cardiovascular systems and complete clinical laboratory reports
  7. evaluate specimen collection procedures.

Prescribed texts

  • No prescribed texts.
Prescribed texts may change in future teaching periods.