Microbes in Infection (MICR3011)


This unit is designed to further develop an interest in, and understanding of, medical microbiology from the introduction in Intermediate Microbiology. Through an examination of microbial structure, virulence, body defences and pathogenesis, the process of acquisition and establishment of disease is covered. The unit is divided into three themes: 1. Clinical Microbiology: host defences, infections, virulence mechanisms; 2. Public health microbiology: epidemiology, international public health, transmission, water and food borne outbreaks; 3. Emerging and re-emerging diseases: the impact of societal change with respect to triggering new diseases and causing the re-emergence of past problems, case studies. The practical component is designed to enhance students' practical skills and to complement the lecture series. In these practical sessions experience will be gained handling live, potentially pathogenic microbes. Clinical tutorial sessions underpin and investigate the application of the material covered in the practical classes.

Further unit of study information


Two 1-hour lectures per week, eight 3-hour practical sessions and three 2-hour clinical tutorials per semester


Theory: One 2-hour exam (60%) and formative assessment; In-semester: presentations, discussion facilitation, quiz, prac assessment (40%)


Murray PR et al. Medical Microbiology. 7th edition. Mosby. 2013.

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules

Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

At least 6 credit points of MBLG units and (MICR2022 or MICR2922). For BMedSc: 18 credit points of BMED units including (BMED2401 and BMED2404) or (BMED2801 and BMED2802 and BMED2807). For BScAgr students: (PLNT2001 or PLNT2901) and (MICR2022 or MICR922).


MICR3001 or MICR3901 or MICR3911

Study this unit outside a degree

Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.