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MELS306 Medical Microbiology

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Infectious diseases of humans and their causative agents; the molecular basis of microbial pathogenesis; the prevention, laboratory diagnosis and treatment of infection.

Paper title Medical Microbiology
Paper code MELS306
Subject Medical Laboratory Science
EFTS 0.25
Points 30 points
Teaching period Semester 1 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $2,140.25
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Teaching staff

Convenor: Professor Bruce Russell
Lecturer and paper administrator: Dr Warren McBurney
Lecturers: Dr Xochitl Morgan
Associate Professor James Ussher
Associate Professor Matloob Husain
Associate Professor Jo Kirman

Paper Structure
Key Modules:
  • Infections of the gastrointestinal and urogenital tracts
  • Infections of the respiratory tract, skin, soft tissue and bone
  • Infections of the circulatory and central nervous system and septic shock
  • Molecular methods
  • Parasitology
  • Mycology
  • Virology
  • Immunology
  • Laboratory techniques
Teaching Arrangements
This is an on-campus, lecture- and laboratory-based paper with self-directed learning topics.

Textbooks are not required for this paper.

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Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete the paper will

  • Understand the scientific principles of diagnostic medical microbiology and immunology
  • Acquire a broad knowledge of common, medically important microbes (bacteria, fungi, viruses) and the infections they cause
  • Acquire a broad knowledge of common diseases of the immune system
  • Develop an understanding of the principles of antimicrobial use in clinical practice and laboratory tests for microbial susceptibility
  • Understand the theory underpinning diagnostic microbiology laboratory techniques and acquire basic laboratory skills relevant to the profession
  • Be able to work safely and independently in a laboratory setting
  • Be able to independently research selected topics using library/online resources and be able to present the research verbally and in written form
  • Be able to use the knowledge gained in the paper to resolve "paper" case studies simulating real-life situations

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Semester 1

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Monday 11:00-11:50 9-15, 18-22
B1 Tuesday 11:00-11:50 9-15, 17-22
D1 Thursday 11:00-11:50 9-13, 15
E1 Friday 11:00-11:50 9-14, 17-21


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Wednesday 09:00-12:50 10-15, 18-21
Friday 13:00-16:50 10-14, 18-21