Pathogen Biology and Pathogenesis
Queensland University of Technology
Area of Study
Biomedical Sciences, Human Biology
Taught In English
Course Level Recommendations
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Recommended U.S. Semester Credits3 - 4
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units4 - 6
Hours & Credits
OverviewSynopsis: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 OutcomesOn successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
Approaches to Teaching and LearningA 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.AssessmentAssessment name: Progress examDescription: A written exam assessing lecture and practical content in the of multiple choice and short answer questions.Relates to objectives: 1 and 3.Weight: 20Internal or external: InternalGroup or individual: IndividualDue date: Middle of semesterAssessment name: WorkbookDescription: Submission of Laboratory notebook completed as per Good Laboratory Practice.Relates to objectives: 1, 2, 3 and 4.Weight: 40Internal or external: InternalGroup or individual: IndividualDue date: Weeks 9 and 13Assessment name: Theory ExaminationDescription: Theory assessment in form of multiple-choice and short answer questions.Relates to objectives: 1, 2 and 3.Weight: 40Internal or external: InternalGroup or individual: IndividualDue date: Central exam period
- Develop, perform and interpret the results of microbial growth and adaptation experiments while using appropriate practice for a PC2 laboratory;
- Prepare a laboratory notebook and reports in accordance with Good Laboratory Practice;
- Demonstrate a fundamental understanding of microbial processes and critical thinking skills to illustrate their relevance to research and microbiology settings;
- Retrieve information on structure, assembly and regulation of microbial processes using literature searches and database tools.
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