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BIO1104 Medical Microbiology and Immunology 1

Semester 2, 2021 Toowoomba On-campus
Short Description: Medical Microbiology&Immunolo1
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Health and Wellbeing
Student contribution band : Band 2
ASCED code : 010911 - Microbiology
Grading basis : Graded


Examiner: Kate Kauter


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 highly recommended residential school for external students and highly recommended on-campus laboratories or practical classes for on-campus students (non-attendance will mean the student misses both an element for assessment preparation and an element of assessment).


On completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. outline key historical research findings and developments that have shaped modern microbiology and immunology;
  2. describe the taxonomy, cell biology and life cycles of pathogenic microorganisms (bacteria, viruses, fungi, protists and other parasites);
  3. explain the impact of microbes on human health, the environment and biotechnology;
  4. explain the basis of infection prevention and control processes;
  5. perform a range of fundamental microbiology techniques.


Description Weighting(%)
1. History and diversity of micro-organisms 4.00
2. Nutrition, growth and control of micro-organisms 12.00
3. Fundamentals of infection control 16.00
4. Microscopy 8.00
5. Overview of cell structure and function 8.00
6. Introduction to common bacterial pathogens and the process of pathogenesis and antibiotic resistance 12.00
7. Structure and function of viruses, fungi, mycoses and parasites 24.00
8. Microbial metabolism and genetics 16.00

Text and Materials

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For practical sessions students are required to have a laboratory coat, safety glasses and permanent marking pens.

Reference Materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
Bergey, D 1993, Bergey's Manual of Determinative Bacteriology, 9th edn, Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, Baltimore.
Black, JG 2015, Microbiology: Principles and Explorations, 9th edn, John Wiley & Sons Inc, Hoboken, NJ.
Goering, RV, Dockrell, HM, Zuckerman, M, Wakelin, D, Roitt, I, & Mims, C 2019, Mims' Medical Microbiology and Immunology, 6th edn, Elsevier Limited.
(*this textbook is freely available to students online through the USQ Library using USQ credentials!/browse/book/3-s2.0-C2015006511X).)
Janeway, CA 2017, Janeway's immunobiology, 9th edn, Garland Science/Churchill Livingstone, New York.
Lee, G & Bishop, P 2016, Microbiology and Infection Control for Health Professionals, 6th edn, Pearson, Sydney, Australia.
Murray, P.R., Rosenthal, K.S. & Pfaller, M.A., 2021, Medical Microbiology, 9th edn, Elsevier Inc.
(*this textbook is freely available to students online through the USQ Library using USQ credentials!/browse/book/3-s2.0-C20180000924.)

Student Workload Expectations

Activity Hours
Assessments 20.00
Laboratory or Practical Classes 18.00
Lectures 26.00
Private Study 90.00
Self Directed 13.00

Assessment Details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Objectives Assessed Notes
Online Mid-Semester Quiz 50 30 27 Aug 2021 1,2,3,4 (see note 1)
Online Practical Quiz 30 20 15 Oct 2021 5 (see note 2)
Online Discussion Board 30 20 22 Oct 2021 1,2,3,4 (see note 3)
Open Examination - Online 50 30 End S2 1,2,3,4 (see note 4)

  1. The dates for the Online Mid Semester Test will be advertised in Week 1 of Semester 2. The quiz will close on the listed due date.
  2. The dates for the Online Practical Quiz will be advertised in Week 1 of Semester 2 The quiz will close on the listed due date.
  3. Requirements for Online Discussion Board will be advertised in Week 1 of Semester 2.
  4. This will be an online exam. Students will be provided further instruction regarding the exam by their course examiner via StudyDesk. The examination date will be available via UConnect when the Alternate Assessment Schedule has been released.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    External students are highly recommended to attend the residential school and on-campus students are highly recommended to attend the scheduled laboratories or practical classes as the residential school and laboratories or practical classes are linked to an assessment or an element of assessment preparation. It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures and residential schools) scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To complete each of the assignments satisfactorily, students must obtain at least 50% of the marks available for each item. Students do not have to pass each assessment item in order to pass the course.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the weighted aggregate of the marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    An Online Examination is one in which candidates may have access to any printed, written, or online material as well as a calculator.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Deferred and Supplementary examinations will be held in accordance with the Assessment Procedure

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment Notes

  1. As part of the highly recommended residential school, students may be expected to complete a combination of laboratories, practical classes and assessment as advised by the course examiner.

  2. Students should be aware that the originality of any submitted assignment will be checked by the USQ service, "Turnitin".

  3. Harvard (AGPS) is the referencing system required in this course. Students should use Harvard (AGPS) style in their assignments to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The Harvard (AGPS) style to be used is defined by the USQ Library's referencing guide.

Other Requirements

  1. In order to attend laboratory classes, students must provide and wear appropriate personal protective equipment. This shall include a laboratory coat, closed in shoes, and safety glasses. Such equipment must be approved by supervising staff. Failure to provide and wear the appropriate safety equipment will result in students being excluded from classes.

  2. The dates and location of the highly recommended residential school are available from the Residential School Timetable ( On-campus students can follow the Class Timetables ( as a guide or enrolled students can refer to their student portal and navigate to Student Centre>Self Service>Timetables>My Weekly Schedule.

Date printed 8 November 2021