|Faculty or Section :||Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences|
|School or Department :||School of Health and Medical Sciences|
|Student contribution band :||Band 2|
|Grading basis :||Graded|
|Version produced :||16 May 2022|
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.