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MI5021 - Advanced Clinical Microbiology

Credit points: 3
Year: 2023
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Public Health, Medical and 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

  • Written > Examination (centrally administered) - (50%) - Individual
  • Written > Examination - In class - (20%) - Individual
  • Written > Literature review - (10%) - Individual
  • Performance/Practice/Product > Practical assessment/practical skills demonstration - (20%) - Individual.

Special Assessment Requirements

Achieve an overall percentage of 50% or more; A satisfactory level (50%) over all on-course assessment components; A grade of at least 40% on the final theory exam.

Prerequisites: MI2011 and MI2021


Townsville, Study Period 1, Internal
Census Date 23-Mar-2023
Coordinator: Assoc. Professor Brenda Govan
Lecturers: Assoc. Professor Jeffrey Warner, Assoc. Professor Donna Rudd, Assoc. Professor Brenda Govan, Dr Helma Antony, Professor Estelle Venter, Ms Mollie Coad.
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.