MBIO12013 - Microbiology for Health Care
Term 1 - 2017


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Overview

This unit provides students with essential knowledge on the role of microorganisms and infection control within the context of health care. The unit will also cover host defences and the immune response, including the host-pathogen relationship and the mechanisms of microbial disease. Microbial epidemiology will be examined, with emphasis on worldwide discipline-specific examples.

Details

Career Level Undergraduate
Unit Level Level 2
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 7A
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Prereq: BMSC11002 Human Body Systems 2 or BIOH11005 Introductory Anatomy and Physiology or ALLH11004 Anatomy and Physiology for Health Professionals 2.

Condition: Be enrolled in any of the following courses: CG95, CC30, CB77, CB29, CB66, CB70, CB86 or CQ23.

This unit is incompatible with MBIO19012 Microbiology.

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Offerings

Term 1 - 2017
  • Brisbane
  • Bundaberg
  • Cairns
  • Distance
  • Mackay
  • Rockhampton
  • Sydney
  • Townsville

Website

This unit has a website, within the Moodle system, which is available two weeks before the start of term. It is important that you visit your Moodle site throughout the term. Go to Moodle

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Assessment Overview

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Online Quiz(zes) 20%
2. Written Assessment 30%
3. Examination 50%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades.

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Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback Source Recommendation
Students would like less lecture time / shorter lectures. Moodle unit evaluation Because the lectures are live, it's not really feasible to give lectures shorter than one hour. I will look into reducing it to two lectures, though not at the expense of explaining all of the relevant material.
Too much content in the unit. Moodle unit evaluation There is a lot of content in this unit, mainly because the students in these courses have very little science knowledge so I need to start at basic principles before going into the more relevant content. I also give many examples to encompass all the discipline areas, which creates more 'content'.
Practical and virtual lab set up on Moodle could be confusing. Self-reflection + Moodle unit evaluation I changed the assessment this year (practicals and virtual labs) to include another quiz, and rearranged that part of the Moodle site regarding these. This did not work too well, so I will find a better configuration for next year.
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Describe the relationship between form and function in the major groups of microorganisms.
  2. Discuss the role of microorganisms in relation to human health, with particular reference to the normal microbiota and exogenous microorganisms.
  3. Describe the mechanisms of microbial diseases, including host-microbe interactions and disease transmission.
  4. Explain the fundamental principles of innate and adaptive (specific) immunity
  5. Describe the major cells and tissues of the immune system and state their function in the immune response.
  6. Apply the fundamental principles of microbial epidemiology to current issues relating to human health.
  7. Interpret the principles of sterilisation, disinfection, and infection control in relation to the student’s discipline area.
  8. Interpret the results of laboratory experiments in the context of the underlying microbiological principles.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 - Online Quiz(zes)          
2 - Written Assessment          
3 - Examination  

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1. Communication      
2. Problem Solving              
3. Critical Thinking          
4. Information Literacy        
5. Team Work                
6. Information Technology Competence              
7. Cross Cultural Competence              
8. Ethical practice                

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 - Online Quiz(zes)              
2 - Written Assessment          
3 - Examination              

Prescribed Textbooks

Microbiology and Infection Control for Health Professionals
Author/s: Gary Lee & Penny Bishop Year: 2015
Edition: 6th Publisher: Pearson Education Australia
City: Frenchs Forest State: NSW
Country: Australia
View textbooks at the CQUniversity Bookshop
Note:

You will also require the Microbiology Kit, supplied to you by the Bookshop. More information will be available on the course Moodle site.

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
All submissions for this unit must use the American Psychological Association (APA) referencing style (details can be obtained here), OR Harvard (author-date) referencing style (details can be obtained here). For further information, see the Assessment Tasks below.
Unit CoordinatorSandrine Makiela (s.makiela@cqu.edu.au)
Note: Check the Term-Specific section for any additional contact information provided by the teaching team
Week Begin Date Module/Topic Chapter Events and Submissions
Week 1 06-03-2017

Introduction, bacteria.

Lee & Bishop ch 1 & 3.

Week 2 13-03-2017

Bacteria and viruses.

Lee & Bishop ch 3 & 5.

Week 3 20-03-2017

Fungi, protozoans and parasites.

Lee & Bishop ch 6.

Week 4 27-03-2017

Microbial growth, replication and genetics.

Lee & Bishop ch 2-6.

Week 5 03-04-2017

Immunity.

Lee & Bishop ch 9.

Vacation Week 10-04-2017
Week 6 17-04-2017

Principles of disease.

Lee & Bishop ch 7, 8 & 10.

Practicals and virtual laboratory: Part 1 upload of pictures and data due Tuesday 18th April, 5pm AEST.

Week 7 24-04-2017

Principles of disease.

Lee & Bishop ch 7, 8 & 10.

Week 8 01-05-2017

(other residential schools)

Week 9 08-05-2017 Control of growth, infection control. Lee & Bishop ch 11, 12.

Practicals and virtual laboratory: Part 1 Quiz 1 due Monday 8th May, 5pm AEST.

Week 10 15-05-2017 Common diseases.

Lee & Bishop ch 15-21.

Week 11 22-05-2017

Common diseases.

Lee & Bishop ch 15-21.

Case Study Analysis Due Monday (22 May 17) 09:00 AM AEST
Week 12 29-05-2017

Issues in public health.

Lee & Bishop ch 13, 14.

Practicals and virtual laboratory: Part 2 Quizzes 2-4 due Monday 29th May, 5pm AEST.

Review/Exam Week 05-06-2017
Exam Week 12-06-2017

For part 1 of your Practicals and Virtual Laboratory you will require a Microbiology Kit. These are available free from the CQUniversity Bookshop. If you are enrolled as an on-campus student you will need to pick one up from your campus (location details given on Moodle site). Distance students will have one sent to your address as recorded on MyCentre. If you need it sent to a different address, please contact the unit coordinator ASAP. Your kit should arrive by the end of week 2. If not, please contact the CQUniversity Bookshop via email (bookshop-customerservice@cqu.edu.au) to follow up on your kit.

1 Online Quiz(zes)

Assessment Title Practicals and Virtual Laboratory
Task Description

Students will be required to complete practical exercises, both in person at home (Part 1) and virtually (Part 2), and complete four online quizzes.

For Part 1, students will need to obtain the Microbiology Kit (see Term Specific Information section) and perform a series of tasks (5 in total). Details of these tasks, including instructional videos, will be available on the Moodle site. For each task, students will be required to upload pictures of their work and upload their data into Moodle. The unit coordinator will collate the class data, and students will then do an online quiz based on the class data (Quiz 1). The quiz will open on the Monday of Week 7.

For Part 2, students will carry out a series of virtual laboratory exercises on the Moodle site. Assessment of this part will be via 3 online quizzes (Quizzes 2-4). The quizzes consist of multiple choice questions and will open on the Monday of Week 9.

Number of Quizzes 4
Assessment Due Date Part 1 - upload of pictures and data on the Tuesday of week 6 at 5pm AEST, Quiz 1 due Monday of week 9 at 5pm AEST. Part 2 - Quizzes 2-4 due on the Monday of week 12 at 5pm AEST.
Return Date to Students Part 1 (pictures and data) at the beginning of week 8, Part 1 & 2 quizzes: Moodle should return your results within half an hour.
Weighting 20%
Assessment Criteria

This assessment piece is worth 20% of the total course marks, with 10% allocated to Part 1 and 10% to Part 2.

Part 1 consists of 5 separate tasks and a quiz. For each task, students must upload one picture of their work and the required data. Marks will be awarded for the reporting of valid data and completion of the task (1% each for a total of 5%). The quiz on the class data is worth the other 5%.

Part 2 is assessed via online quiz questions (10%), and the final mark is the total of the three quiz marks.

Conditions Minimum mark or grade - 50%
Submission Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

2. Discuss the role of microorganisms in relation to human health, with particular reference to the normal microbiota and exogenous microorganisms.

7. Interpret the principles of sterilisation, disinfection, and infection control in relation to the student’s discipline area.

8. Interpret the results of laboratory experiments in the context of the underlying microbiological principles.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

6. Information Technology Competence



2 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Case Study Analysis
Task Description

Students will be provided with video footage of a workplace situation relevant to their future workplace. There will be videos in several discipline areas for students to choose from (available from the unit Moodle site) and students will each need to choose one video only for this assessment. The videos will depict typical workplace occurrences but with flaws in infection control procedures. Using Moodle forums, chat rooms, or other means, students may discuss the footage with other students and identify the flaws in infection control procedures.

The case study analysis (report) will be done individually. Students will be limited to a maximum of 5 incidents in their reports. Since there will be more than 5 incidents on the videos, students will be asked to report on those which they believe are the most important, and will be asked to justify their decision. The report will need to discuss how each incident may transmit and cause disease, including the potential host response, and reflect on the infection control measures needed to rectify the situation. This will need to be substantiated with evidence from the literature.

After the 5 incidents, students will need to critically evaluate information from the literature on the spread of infection in their future workplace. For example, you would include any reported disease outbreaks and your future workplace's current infection control policies and procedures. This information, as well as the infection control measures suggested from the 5 incidents, will then be used to formulate a final recommendation for the report.

As this assessment will commence at the beginning of term, students will be encouraged to revisit the video as more course material is covered in lectures. Detailed guidelines for this task will be available from the unit Moodle site.

Suggested length: 2000 - 2500 words.

Assessment Due Date Week 11 Monday (22-May-2017) 09:00 AM AEST
Return Date to Students Review/Exam Week Monday (05-Jun-2017)
Weighting 30%
Assessment Criteria

The complete assessment marking rubrics will be available on the Moodle site and will be based on the following criteria:

  • Identification of problems (20%)
  • Discussion of disease potential (10%)
  • Recommended infection control solution and relevance to future workplace (30%)
  • Application of critical analysis (10%)
  • Presentation (10%)
  • Clarity of expression (10%)
  • Referencing (10%)
Conditions Minimum mark or grade - 40%
Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA) or Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

3. Describe the mechanisms of microbial diseases, including host-microbe interactions and disease transmission.

6. Apply the fundamental principles of microbial epidemiology to current issues relating to human health.

7. Interpret the principles of sterilisation, disinfection, and infection control in relation to the student’s discipline area.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy



Examination

Outline Complete an examination
Date During the University examination period
Weighting 50%
Condition Minimum percentage of examination marks required to pass course - 50%
Length 120 minutes
Details Dictionary - non-electronic, concise, direct translation only (dictionary must not contain any notes or comments).
No Calculators Permitted
Closed Book
Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Describe the relationship between form and function in the major groups of microorganisms.

2. Discuss the role of microorganisms in relation to human health, with particular reference to the normal microbiota and exogenous microorganisms.

3. Describe the mechanisms of microbial diseases, including host-microbe interactions and disease transmission.

4. Explain the fundamental principles of innate and adaptive (specific) immunity

5. Describe the major cells and tissues of the immune system and state their function in the immune response.

6. Apply the fundamental principles of microbial epidemiology to current issues relating to human health.

7. Interpret the principles of sterilisation, disinfection, and infection control in relation to the student’s discipline area.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication


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