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MI5051 - Mechanisms of Infectious Diseases

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

Advanced aspects of the aetiology, pathogenesis, treatment and diagnosis of infectious and parasitic diseases of medical and veterinary importance will be presented. The major emphasis will be the mechanisms of microbial and parasitic pathogenicity in the different body systems. Antimicrobial and antiparasitic chemotherapy and susceptibility testing in the control of infectious disease and the role of the diagnostic microbiology laboratory will be discussed in detail.

Learning Outcomes

  • appreciate the role of normal microbial flora as disease agents in the compromised host;
  • describe the processes whereby bacteria, viruses and parasites are able to cause disease;
  • understand the critical role played by the diagnostic microbiology laboratory in the management of infectious disease;
  • understand the principles of antimicrobial and antiparasitic chemotherapy in the control of infectious disease and critically evaluate their usage.

Subject Assessment

  • Written > Examination (centrally administered) - (50%) - Individual
  • Written > Examination - In class - (20%) - Individual
  • Written > Literature review - (20%) - Individual
  • Performance/Practice/Product > Portfolio - (10%) - Individual.

Special Assessment Requirements

Achieve an overall percentage of 50% or more; Achieve at least 40% in the final theory exam

Prerequisites: MI3021


Townsville, Study Period 2, Internal
Census Date 24-Aug-2023
Lecturers: Assoc. Professor Jeffrey Warner, Assoc. Professor Brenda Govan, Professor Estelle Venter.
Workload expectations:

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

  • 36 hours lectures
  • 33 hours specialised
  • 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.