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MELS402 Clinical Microbiology

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A full-time placement undertaken in an approved medical microbiology laboratory over a period of one semester.

Paper title Clinical Microbiology
Paper code MELS402
Subject Medical Laboratory Science
EFTS 0.5
Points 60 points
Teaching period(s) Semester 1 (Distance learning)
Semester 2 (Distance learning)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,209.00
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $20,781.50

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MELX 402
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Teaching staff

Paper Convener: Dr Warren McBurney
Supervisor: Clinical diagnostic laboratory staff

Paper Structure

Key Modules:

  • Clostridium difficile infections
  • Extended-spectrum beta-lactamase, AmpC beta-lactamase and carbapenemase producers
  • Automation in the diagnostic microbiology laboratory
  • Molecular methods for the diagnosis of bloodstream infections
  • Antifungal susceptibility testing
  • Laboratory theory and practice
Teaching Arrangements

This paper is a 15-week, distance-taught, clinical placement working in a clinical diagnostic laboratory within New Zealand and Australia.

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
  • Demonstrate in-depth learning of selected current and emerging topics in diagnostic microbiology
  • Be able to carry out in-depth literature searches on the topics, collate and critically evaluate the information, and produce a cohesive written report
  • Demonstrate a professional attitude in the clinical placement and the ability to work as a team member
  • Extend their knowledge base in diagnostic microbiology techniques
  • Be able to follow laboratory protocols set out by their host laboratory
  • Develop an understanding of quality-control issues in the workplace

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Semester 1

Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system

Semester 2

Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system