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MI3071 - Tropical Microbial Molecular Analysis and Epidemiology

Credit points: 3
Year: 2014
Student Contribution Band: Band
Administered by: School of Veterinary & Biomedical Sciences (pre 2015)

This subject has an enrolment limit of 20 students per year. The subject will be available to BMedSc, BMedLabSc students only or by permission of Head of School

This is a vocationally oriented subject aimed at providing practical molecular training for students and professionals with a microbial research and/or diagnostic focus. The subject introduces the molecular technologies with a focus on microbial epidemiology, molecular diagnostics and bioinformatic analysis. It covers both theoretical and practical applications. Topics that students will be exposed to include sample quality, measures of error, epidemiological sampling, a variety of molecular platforms and sequence analysis. Workshops will cover computer assisted analytical techniques such as primer design, sequence alignment, next generation sequencing and database searches.

Learning Outcomes

  • Ability to apply theoretical molecular knowledge to practical applications;
  • a working knowledge of genomic sequence databases and tools required to interrogate and analyse these databases;
  • Ability to apply practical molecular diagnostics to a variety of field situations.
Students should enter the subject with an understanding of genomic structure, DNA replication mechanisms and microbial diversity
Prerequisites: (3 CP OF LEVEL 2 MI) AND (3 CP OF LEVEL 2 BC)


Townsville, Block, Study Period 7
Census Date 10-Jul-2014
Face to face teaching 23-Jun-2014 to 04-Jul-2014
Coordinator: Dr Jenny Elliman, Dr Graham Burgess
Lecturers: Dr Jenny Elliman, Professor Bruce Gummow, Dr Graham Burgess.
Workload expectations:
  • 25 hours lectures - 2.5 hours per AM session over 10 days
  • 25 hours practicals - 5 hours per day during Week 1 (Mon-Fri)
  • 25 hours workshops/Seminars - 5 hours per day during Week 2 (Mon-Fri)
Assessment: quizzes or tests (50%); tutorial attendance and participation (50%).
Special Assessment Requirements: Compulsory attendance of 9/10 practical sessions Satisfactory completion of set competency tasks undertaken during practical sessions
Restrictions: An enrolment quota applies to this offering.

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.