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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) $2,104.50
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $10,390.75

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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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Semester 1

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Monday 11:00-11:50 9-13, 15-16, 18-22
B1 Tuesday 11:00-11:50 9-13, 15-22
D1 Thursday 11:00-11:50 9-13, 15
E1 Friday 11:00-11:50 9-12, 15-21


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Wednesday 09:00-12:50 10-13, 15, 17-21
Friday 13:00-16:50 10-12, 15-21