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MICR3921: Microbes in Health and Disease (Advanced)

Microorganisms are vital to life on Earth. By examining the role of microbes in healthy ecosystems, and high profile recent cases in emerging infections, students will gain perspective on the critical role that microbes play in health and disease. This unit is structured along three themes: 1. Microbes in the anthropocene: you will evaluate the role of microbes in healthy and disturbed ecosystems and how epidemiology and surveillance can track disease outbreaks; 2. Emergence of microbes: you will explore how and why infectious diseases emerge and re-emerge; 3. Current challenges and new approaches: you will evaluate the role of microbes in chronic diseases and diseases of unknown cause, and how new drugs and treatments are developed and used. This advanced unit includes six tutorial sessions on current challenges and new approaches that support self-directed learning with discussions on contemporary microbiology topics. The integrated practical component teaches advanced practical skills in culture, microscopy and molecular biology in the PC2 laboratory context. Workshops and professional tutorials relate the material to the real world. This unit sits at the forefront of modern medical microbiology and will equip you for a career in microbiology in areas including fundamental research, industry, biotechnology, hospital services, policy and teaching, among others.

Code MICR3921
Academic unit Life and Environmental Sciences Academic Operations
Credit points 6
A mark of 70 or above in (MIMI2X02 or MEDS2004 or MICR2X22 or BMED2404)
MICR3011 or MICR3021 or MICR3911
Assumed knowledge:
Fundamental concepts of microorganisms, biomolecules and ecosystems

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. Assess, analyse and evaluate the role of microbes in our environment, how they can act to provide healthy ecosystems, water, food, animals and people, and how this can be disrupted, resulting in disruption leading to disease outcomes.
  • LO2. Evaluate and develop an advanced understanding of how microbes might emerge or re-emerge to impact on global health, using specific illustra�ve examples.
  • LO3. Evaluate and develop an advanced understanding of the ways in which important microbes pose ongoing challenges to human and planetary health, and new approaches to meet these challenges.
  • LO4. Interpret complex microbiology laboratory findings, analyse data and assess and validate methodologies.
  • LO5. Demonstrate and develop an advanced, high-level practical dexterity in the biosafety context and knowledge and skills relevant to the microbiology profession.
  • LO6. Critically evaluate and synthesise the research literature and other sources to create and communicate independent ideas and knowledge relating to microbes in current real-world challenges.

Unit outlines

Unit outlines will be available 1 week before the first day of teaching for the relevant session.