Microbes & Human Health
University of Queensland
Area of Study
Taught In English
BIOC2000 + BIOL2200 + BIOL2202
Course Level Recommendations
Host University Units2
Recommended U.S. Semester Credits4
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units6
Hours & Credits
OverviewCourse DescriptionThis course describes the importance of infectious diseases in individuals, populations and communities. It covers the way microbes cause disease (pathogenesis), how they are transmitted, their spread within the population and mechanisms of control. Core topics include the epidemiology and pathogenesis of viral, bacterial and fungal infections, clinical microbiology and emerging infectious diseases. Each facet of the content will be presented in contemporary science contexts by experts in the field. The course requires the completion of a second year microbiology course (MICR2000 or equivalent) and is a prerequisite for those students wishing to obtain a major in microbiology.Course IntroductionThis course describes the importance of infectious diseases in individuals, populations and communities. It covers the way microbes (bacteria, viruses and fungi) cause disease (pathogenesis), how they are transmitted, their spread within the population, and mechanisms of disease control.Learning ObjectivesAfter successfully completing this course you should be able to:
Class Contact3 Lecture hours, 3 Contact hoursAssessment SummaryReport (Bacterial infections): 15%Report (Viral infection):15%Report (Fungal infections): 15%Final Exam: 55%
- Describe the mechanism of pathogenesis of viral, bacterial and fungal pathogens in the context of the individual patient including; transmission, colonisation, pathogenesis, treatment and outcomes for a selection of example infections.
- Describe the concepts of viral, bacterial and fungal disease within the human population including; foodborne, waterborne, bloodborne, vectorborne, nosocomial, zoonotic, and STD infections.
- Demonstrate a knowledge of methods of disease control including; vaccines, disease eradication programs, antibiotics and the genetics of antibiotics resistance, diagnostics and environmental control of disease.
- Demonstrate a knowledge of emerging infectious diseases including; definitions, factors leading to disease emergence, monitoring and intervention strategies.
- Demonstrate a knowledge of genomics: understand how the sequencing of bacterial genomes can be used to prime bioinformatic/molecular based approaches.
- Gather, synthesise and critically evaluate information pertaining to microbes and infectious diseases from a range of scientific, clinical, and public health resources
- Effectively communicate scientific results, information, or arguments in both oral and written modes
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Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.