BMSC12011 - Clinical Microbiology
Term 2 - 2017


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Overview

This unit will provide you with evidence based learning and practice to maximise your diagnostic capabilities for the accurate detection, identification and management of infectious diseases of humans. This unit will provide you with a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of infectious diseases, the laboratory identification of causative pathogens as well as their pathogenicity and epidemiology. The unit will also include provision of the skills necessary to undertake common practical laboratory processes in clinical bacteriology.

Details

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

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Prerequisites:

MBIO19012 Microbiology
BIOL12106 Molecular Biology

Residential Schools

This unit has a Compulsory Residential School for distance mode students and the details are:
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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 2 - 2017
  • Mixed Mode
  • Rockhampton

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. Practical Assessment 35%
2. Written Assessment 15%
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
To assist in cementing the amount of knowledge that is learnt each week, weekly quizzes might be helpful to remember the important topics. Student feedback report Support self-assessment exercises are provided in the textbook that is recommended reading to accompany this course. Provision of further quizzes will be considered as formative feedback learning tools for specific themes.
The residential school/workbook had far too much content for the allotted time.There were too many cases to get through and not enough lab staff to go around for everyone and the many questions they had. Student feedback report The residential school will be re-evaluated in response to student feedback, with regard to both content and workload, and how the learning experience may be improved in order to support student attainment of learning outcomes.
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Describe the principal bacterial pathogens, commensal flora and opportunistic pathogens of each of the human body systems
  2. Appraise the use of molecular techniques for identifying bacterial pathogens in human disease
  3. Use practical skills to isolate, identify and test the basic antimicrobial resistance of pathogenic bacteria
  4. Describe the mechanisms of antimicrobial resistance in bacteria
  5. Understand and apply appropriate quality control processes for practice in clinical microbiology

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Practical Assessment  
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
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 - Practical Assessment      
2 - Written Assessment            
3 - Examination        

Prescribed Textbooks

Bailey & Scott's Diagnostic Microbiology
Author/s: Patricia Tille Year: 2013
Edition: 13th Publisher: Elsevier Mosby
City: St Louis State: Missouri
Country: United States of America
View textbooks at the CQUniversity Bookshop
Note:

The specified text book is the same for BMSC12011 Clinical Microbiology and BMSC13003.Advanced Clinical Microbiology

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 Harvard (author-date) referencing style (details can be obtained here). For further information, see the Assessment Tasks below.
Unit CoordinatorPadraig Strappe (p.strappe@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 10-07-2017

Staphylococci/

Streptococci

Chapters 14 and 15

Week 2 17-07-2017

Aerobic Gram positive bacilli/

Filamentous Gram positive bacilli

Chapters 16, 17, 18 and 19

Week 3 24-07-2017

Enterobacteriaceae /

Pathogenic Enterobacteriaceae

Chapter 20

Week 4 31-07-2017

Oxidase positive Gram negative bacilli/

Facultative Gram negative bacilli

Chapters 21, 22, 25, 29, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37 and 38

Week 5 07-08-2017

Gram negative cocci - Moraxella catarrhalis and Neisseriaceae/ Anaerobes

& Residential School Block 1

Chapters 40, 41 and 42

Vacation Week 14-08-2017

Individual study time

Week 6 21-08-2017

Mycobacteria/

Spirochaetes, Mycoplasmas & Ureaplasma, Chlamydiae and Rickettsiae

Chapters 43, 44, 45 and 46

Written Assessment Due Monday (21 Aug 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Week 7 28-08-2017

Urinary tract infections

Chapter 73

Week 8 04-09-2017

Eye, ear, nose and throat & respiratory tract infections

Chapters 69, 70 and 72,

Week 9 11-09-2017

Skin, soft tissue and wound infections

Chapter 76

Week 10 18-09-2017

Genital tract infections and Gastrointestinal tract infections

Chapters 74 and 75

Week 11 25-09-2017

Infections of sterile sites / Automation and molecular testing

& Residential School Block 2

Chapters 68, 71, 77 and 8

Week 12 02-10-2017

Testing for antimicrobial susceptibility

Chapter 12

Review/Exam Week 09-10-2017
Exam Week 16-10-2017

1 Practical Assessment

Assessment Title Practical Assessment
Task Description

Students will undertake analysis of cases in clinical microbiology over three days, designed to mimic true diagnostic microbiology laboratory cases.

Assessment Due Date End of residential school
Return Date to Students Marks 1 week after residential school. All marked workbooks returned 1 week after the second residential school
Weighting 35%
Assessment Criteria

Students will be assessed on the accuracy and interpretation of their laboratory investigations of the bacterial identification, staining and antimicrobial resistance of the cases provided. This assessment will be performed by use of a workbook for recording laboratory investigations and mock laboratory report for each case.

Conditions Minimum mark or grade - 50% To pass this unit
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Hard copy

Submit at the end of the residential school

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

1. Describe the principal bacterial pathogens, commensal flora and opportunistic pathogens of each of the human body systems

3. Use practical skills to isolate, identify and test the basic antimicrobial resistance of pathogenic bacteria

4. Describe the mechanisms of antimicrobial resistance in bacteria

5. Understand and apply appropriate quality control processes for practice in clinical microbiology

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

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

8. Ethical practice



2 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Written Assessment
Task Description

Students will write a 1200-1500 word essay on a microbial pathogen or an infectious condition chosen from a selection of topics made available via the unit Moodle site.

Assessment Due Date Week 6 Monday (21-Aug-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 8 Monday (04-Sep-2017)
Comments, mark and annotated eesay returned via Moodle site/CQU email.
Weighting 15%
Assessment Criteria

The report will be worth 20%, and will be marked against the following criteria:

Content and range of knowledge - 15%

Style, grammar and presentation - 3%

Referencing - 2%

Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Via the moodle site as a mircoscoft word document.

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

1. Describe the principal bacterial pathogens, commensal flora and opportunistic pathogens of each of the human body systems

2. Appraise the use of molecular techniques for identifying bacterial pathogens in human disease

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

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% To pass this unit
Length 180 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 principal bacterial pathogens, commensal flora and opportunistic pathogens of each of the human body systems

2. Appraise the use of molecular techniques for identifying bacterial pathogens in human disease

4. Describe the mechanisms of antimicrobial resistance in bacteria

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

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

8. Ethical practice


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