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MELS306 Medical Microbiology

2021 information for papers will be published in early September. 

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 0.2500
Points 30 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $2,081.50
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $10,187.00

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Limited to
Students should have passed all second-year Medical Laboratory Science papers.

Teaching staff

Convenor: Associate Professor Michelle McConnell
Lecturer and paper administrator: Dr Warren McBurney
Lecturers: Dr Robin Simmonds, Dr Xochitl Morgan, Dr James Ussher, Dr Matloob Husain, Dr 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.
  • Jawetz, Melnick & Adelberg's Medical Microbiology (25th Ed.)
  • G. Brooks, J Butel, K Carroll and S Morse. (McGraw Hill, 2010)
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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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First Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Monday 11:00-11:50 9-13, 19-22
B1 Tuesday 11:00-11:50 9-12, 18-22
D1 Thursday 11:00-11:50 9-12
E1 Friday 11:00-11:50 9-12, 18-21


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