Pathogen Biology and Pathogenesis

Queensland University of Technology

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Pathogen Biology and Pathogenesis

  • Host University

    Queensland University of Technology

  • Location

    Brisbane, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Biomedical Sciences, Human Biology

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    This unit is in the developmental stage of your course, building on concepts you learnt in LQB362. This unit will provide you with a fundamental understanding of the structural, molecular, and metabolic components of microorganisms and how they are regulated, providing you with opportunities to practice your analysis and problem solving skills in the area of infectious diseases. Specifically, upon completing this unit you will be able to provide evidence of skills in recognising and describe: 1. the structural components of microbes; 2. the molecular assembly processes involved in building these components; 3. the growth and metabolic processes of different microbes; and 4. the means of regulation of each of these factors.
    Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
    1. Develop, perform and interpret the results of microbial growth and adaptation experiments while using appropriate practice for a PC2 laboratory;
    2. Prepare a laboratory notebook and reports in accordance with Good Laboratory Practice;
    3. Demonstrate a fundamental understanding of microbial processes and critical thinking skills to illustrate their relevance to research and microbiology settings;
    4. Retrieve information on structure, assembly and regulation of microbial processes using literature searches and database tools.
    Approaches to Teaching and Learning
    A variety of teaching and learning approaches will be employed in this unit. The teaching team will present the theoretical aspects of the subject matter to you as either face-to-face lectures (2 hours/week), or using a blended learning approach consisting of pre-recorded lectures and supplemented by face-to-face tutorials. These will be supplemented by laboratory classes (3 hours/week) that will enable you to reinforce and extend your understanding of the theory. In the practical component of this unit, students will sample their own normal regional flora as a progressive exploration of the microbiota of a single body site and perform a work up of this in parallel with a known pathogen using both currently employed culture-dependent and molecular based microbiology techniques to identify and characterise key virulence features important in microbial pathogenesis and the progression of infectious disease. This process will highlight the efficacy and sensitivity of each method in the current diagnostic workflow.
    Assessment name: Progress exam
    Description: A written exam assessing lecture and practical content in the of multiple choice and short answer questions.
    Relates to objectives: 1 and 3.
    Weight: 20
    Internal or external: Internal
    Group or individual: Individual
    Due date: Middle of semester
    Assessment name: Workbook
    Description: Submission of Laboratory notebook completed as per Good Laboratory Practice.
    Relates to objectives: 1, 2, 3 and 4.
    Weight: 40
    Internal or external: Internal
    Group or individual: Individual
    Due date: Weeks 9 and 13
    Assessment name: Theory Examination
    Description: Theory assessment in form of multiple-choice and short answer questions.
    Relates to objectives: 1, 2 and 3.
    Weight: 40
    Internal or external: Internal
    Group or individual: Individual
    Due date: Central exam period

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