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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|
|Subject||Medical Laboratory Science|
|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
- 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.
- 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