Advanced Medical Bacteriology (INIM5011)

UNIT OF STUDY

This unit of study aims to build on the student's basic knowledge of microbiology to provide an awareness of modern concepts and the latest knowledge of medical bacteriology relevant to the susceptibility and response of the host to pathogenic bacteria, with special emphasis on the host-pathogen relationship at the cellular and molecular levels regarding symptoms, virulence factors, pathogenesis, diagnosis, treatment, control and prevention. The practical component will allow candidates to become familiar with modern molecular-based bacteriological techniques used to identify the characteristic genetic features of bacterial species that cause infections. The unit will provide the advanced scientific and intellectual basis to augment knowledge and understanding, at a postgraduate level, in a career involving medical microbiology or in a related subject area. Lectures will be used to impart knowledge and understanding as well as review key themes of the module. Tutorials will utilise activities such as journal review and topic presentation which enable develop their skills by presenting research on a range of issues including advances in knowledge on bacterial pathogenesis, identification and treatment in Australia and worldwide. The use of case studies will enable candidates to examine breakouts of disease and their investigation by the clinical laboratory. Laboratory sessions will enable students to apply the theoretical concepts of laboratory investigation at the molecular level using advanced molecular techniques of DNA, RNA and protein purification and analysis.

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Classes

2x1hr lectures/week; 2x2hr practical classes or tutorials or student presentations/week

Assessment

1x2hr closed-book (Theory), and 1x1hr closed book (Practical) Value: Theory exam (55%) Progressive assessment (45%) including class tutorial/presentations (25%), practical exam (15%) and laboratory book assessment (5%).

Textbooks

Recommended reading: Bacterial Pathogenesis A Molecular Approach. Salyers and Whitt ASM Press Washington DC USA 2002 Bacterial-Epithelial Cross-Talk: Molecular Mechanisms in Pathogenesis Ed. Beth A McCormick Cambridge University Press UK 2006 Although th

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No

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