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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.

    About this paper

    Paper title Medical Microbiology
    Subject Medical Laboratory Science
    EFTS 0.25
    Points 30 points
    Teaching period Semester 1 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $2,260.50
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    Teaching staff

    Convenor: Professor Bruce Russell
    Lecturer and paper administrator: Dr Warren McBurney
    Lecturers: Dr Htin Aung
    Professor James Ussher
    Associate Professor Mihnea Bostina
    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


    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, 15-22
    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, 16-21
    Friday 13:00-16:50 10-12, 16-21
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