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BIO2106 Medical Microbiology and Immunology 2

Semester 2, 2022 Toowoomba On-campus
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Health and Medical Sciences
Grading basis : Graded
Course fee schedule : https://www.unisq.edu.au/current-students/administration/fees/fee-schedules


Examiner: Mike Kotiw


Pre-requisite: BIO1104


Medical laboratory scientists working in medical microbiology laboratories interact with clinicians and other healthcare professionals to generate and interpret data from microbiological investigations of clinical specimens. These investigations assist clinicians in determining the presence and identity of an infectious disease that may be present as well as monitoring the efficacy of therapeutic strategies. Similarly, biomedical scientists in research settings can use their understanding of medical microbiology and immunology to develop novel strategies to control and treat infectious diseases. This course builds on the foundational knowledge delivered by BIO1104 Medical Microbiology and Immunology 1 by providing an in-depth analysis of the host and pathogen interactions that can lead to infectious diseases. Students will have an opportunity to enhance their laboratory skills on the path to careers as medical laboratory scientists or biomedical science researchers in clinical pathology services or medical microbiology and immunology research laboratories.

As part of the USQ accreditation agreement with the Australian Institute of Medical and Clinical Scientists (AIMS), students are required to attempt and submit all assessment items in this course. Students are also required to obtain at least 50% of the marks allocated to the practical/laboratory skills assessment in this course.

This course builds on the fundamental theory and practical laboratory skills provided in BIO1104 Medical Microbiology and Immunology 1 with an increased focus on the development of assessment and interpretive strategies of microbiological data. Areas of specific emphasis include the nature of the complex interaction of microbial virulence factors with host immunological responses that may result in an infectious disease outcome. Students will be provided an opportunity to develop practical skills in a setting that will also encourage critical thinking during the generation, analysis, interpretation and reporting of complex microbiological data.

This course contains a mandatory residential school for both external and on-campus students.

Course learning outcomes

On completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. apply skills and knowledge to undertake, interpret and report on microbiological data acquired in laboratory exercises;
  2. apply knowledge to determine and explain the nature and range of virulence factors present in microbial pathogens;
  3. evaluate and analyse the nature of host humoral and cell mediated immune responses to infectious challenges;
  4. employ critical thinking and investigative skills particularly in the use of literature search engines and data analysis programs;
  5. evaluate the relevance and effectiveness of infection control measures and safe work practices relevant to a microbiology laboratory environment.


Description Weighting(%)
1. The nature of infectious diseases including mechanisms of in terms of microbial pathogenesis, principles of human immunity and paradigms in virulence factors and pathogen/host immune response interactions. 40.00
2. Principles and practice of infectious disease investigations including conventional and molecular laboratory diagnostics, data analysis and interpretation, therapeutics and reporting. 40.00
3. Principles and practice of infection management, microbial resistance and infection control. 20.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

Mims, C, et al 2018, Medical microbiology and immunology, 6th edn, Elsevier Mosby, NY.

Student workload expectations

To do well in this subject, students are expected to commit approximately 10 hours per week including class contact hours, independent study, and all assessment tasks. If you are undertaking additional activities, which may include placements and residential schools, the weekly workload hours may vary.

Assessment details

Approach Type Description Group
Weighting (%) Course learning outcomes
Assignments Written Essay 1 No 20 2,3,4
Assignments Written Report No 20 1,2,3,4,5
Assignments Written Essay 2 No 20 2,3,4
Examinations Non-invigilated Time limited online examinatn No 40 1,2,3
Date printed 10 February 2023