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Medical MicrobiologyWestern Sydney University Unit Code: 300826.2


Student Contribution Band: 2

Level: 3

Credit Points: 10

Equivalent Units
300233 - Medical Microbiology, 300749 - Medical Microbiology

300833 Microbiology 1 AND 300896 Microbiology 2

About this Unit
Infectious diseases worldwide are the most common cause of illness. Medical microbiology is subdivided into four areas: virology, bacteriology, mycology (the study of fungi) and parasitology. The rapid evolution of microbes means that this is an area that does not remain static. This unit has a modern approach to the study of the balance between the host, humans, and the very large army of potential invaders. Students will embark on a journey into the world of pathogenic micro-organisms exploring the molecular mechanisms by which these override host defences leading to disease. Infectious diseases of the human body systems as well those of the immunocompromised and infections contracted in the healthcare setting (nosocomial) are discussed. The theory will be supported with laboratory experience representing diagnostic procedures for the identification of infectious agents.

Special Requirements - Essential Equipment
Students require lab coat, safety glasses and closed in shoes for laboratory classes

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