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MI5021 - Advanced Clinical Microbiology

Credit points: 3
Year: 2020
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Public Health, Medical & Vet Sciences

The habitat, the major characteristics and methods used for the isolation and identification of bacteria and parasites of medical and veterinary importance will be presented. The range of selective and differential media used and the basis of the biochemical tests will be discussed in detail. The major emphasis of this subject will be given to developing the practical skills required for diagnostic microbiology and parasitology. The subject is complementary to MI5051.

Learning Outcomes

  • appreciate the hazards associated with working with pathogenic microorganisms and develop the appropriate microbiological skills;
  • describe in detail the distribution of pathogenic microorganisms in the environment and the normal flora of animal body systems and the diseases they cause;
  • develop competencies for diagnosis of major parasite groups and common parasites of humans and animals;
  • have a detailed knowledge of selective and differential media used in the initial identification of bacteria;
  • have a detailed understanding of the biochemical basis of tests used in the identification of pathogenic bacteria.

Subject Assessment

  • Invigilated > End of semester exam - (45%)
  • Invigilated > Other exams - (40%)
  • Non-Invigilated > Assignments - (15%).
Prerequisites: MI2011 and MI2021


Townsville, Study Period 1, Internal
Census Date 26-Mar-2020
Coordinator: Assoc. Professor Brenda Govan, Professor David Whitmore
Lecturers: Assoc. Professor Brenda Govan, Dr Helma Antony.
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 39 hours lectures
  • 72 hours tutorials
  • assessment and self-directed study

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.