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SLE334 - Medical Microbiology and Immunology

Unit details

Year2018 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit chair:

Cenk Suphioglu





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Contact hours:

3 x 1 hour class per week, 5 x 3 hour practicals per trimester.


SLE334 allows students to explore aspects of microbiology and immunology relevant to understanding infectious disease. Students will be introduced to medical microbiology and immunology using anthrax as a model disease. Students will learn about biology of bacteria, viral and parasitic pathogens of global importance. The practical experience has been designed to replicate some of the investigative strategies and decision making processes used by medical microbiologists to identify potential pathogenic micro-organisms from various clinical specimens. Many of the techniques students will apply are those commonly used by practicing microbiologists in their routine work. Learning and assessment tasks will enhance the students understanding of infectious diseases, the immune response to infectious disease, diagnosis, the development of candidate vaccines and the identification of pharmacological targets for antimicrobial therapeutics.



In-class test 15%, infectious disease report 15%, practical work 20%, examination 50%. To be eligible to obtain a pass in this unit, students must achieve at least 50% in the laboratory component.

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