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BIO1104 Medical Microbiology and Immunology 1

Units : 1
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
Version produced : 25 March 2023


Medical Microbiology is the study of microscopic living organisms including bacteria, viruses, fungi and protists and the ways in which these microbes affect human life. A theoretical and practical knowledge of microbiology is essential for roles in biomedical research, pathology laboratories and clinical settings. An understanding of microbiology is essential for infection control purposes for students who may undertake clinical placements which involves exposure to infectious risks and also for students who wish to undertake further studies in the discipline.

This foundational course explores the history and diversity of microorganisms, prokaryote and eukaryote cell structure and function, metabolism and growth, microbial genetics and the relevance of microbiology to other areas of biomedical science. The nature of interactions between bacteria, viruses, fungi and protists and other parasites with humans and their impacts on public health are also discussed.

This course contains a mandatory residential school for external students and mandatory on-campus laboratories or practical classes for on-campus students. To pass this course, students must attend at least 5 of the 6 residential school sessions or fortnightly laboratory classes. Students' non-compliance with the attendance requirement will mean the student cannot pass the course.

Course offers

Study period Mode Campus
Semester 2, 2023 External
Semester 2, 2023 On-campus Toowoomba
Date printed 25 March 2023