Medical Microbiology: Bacteriology

Subject MIIM30011 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 3 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 29-Feb-2016 to 29-May-2016
Assessment Period End 24-Jun-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 11-Mar-2016
Census Date 31-Mar-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 06-May-2016

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 3 x one hour lectures per week (total contact hours: 36)
Total Time Commitment:

170 hours


B. Science students (pre 2013)
Prerequisite subjects are both:

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Not offered in 2016

B. Sc. students who have taken MIIM20001, Principles in Microbiology and Immunology BUT NOT MIIM20003, Experimental Microbiology MAY be admitted to this subject after discussion with and specific permission from the subject coordinators.

B. Science students (2013 on)
Prerequisite subjects are both:

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:

B. Biomedicine students (2009 on)
Prerequisite subjects are both:

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:


Recommended Background Knowledge:

The prerequisite subjects should have provided a solid background in Microbiology and Immunology. An understanding of the molecules, genes and biology of the cell would be useful.

Non Allowed Subjects:

526-313 Medical Microbiology: Cellular Pathogens (pre 2010)
526-330 Molecular and Medical Microbiology (pre 2010)
MIIM30011 Molecular and Medical Microbiology (pre 2011)

Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


Dr Odilia Wijburg, Prof Roy Robins-Browne


Subject Coordinators

Dr Odilia Wijburg

Prof Roy Robins-Browne:

Administive Coordinator:

Subject Overview:

This subject describes how bacteria have evolved specialized structures and proteins that allow them to adapt and survive in a range of environments. In particular this subject will examine the contribution of processes such as protein secretion and gene regulation to bacterial survival during infection of humans (pathogenesis). From an understanding of the molecular basis of host-pathogen interactions, students will be able to understand the diverse mechanisms bacteria use to cause disease, and how infectious diseases are spread. A range of medically important bacteria will be discussed, with an emphasis on their ecology, pathogenesis and the pathobiology of the disease. The subject will also describe techniques and strategies such as mutant construction and molecular cloning that are used to dissect microbial function, and cover applied aspects of medical microbiology, such as the diagnosis of infections and the mechanisms of the antibacterial action of and resistance to antimicrobial agents. Students should be able to apply this knowledge to the determination of strategies for prevention, control and recognition of disease, including the design of vaccines and other therapeutics.

Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  • explain the ways in which microbes interact with their hosts, the environment and each other
  • describe some of the ways in which bacteria cause disease and how infectious diseases caused by bacteria are spread, diagnosed, treated and/or prevented
  • describe the fundamental concepts of the transfer of proteins across the bacterial cell wall and the regulation of protein expression
  • apply relevant knowledge of bacterial pathogenesis, immunity and epidemiology to the determination of appropriate strategies for developing new diagnostic protocols, treatments or vaccines
  • 10 on-line quizzes (1 per week) (5%)
  • 2 45 minute written examination held around week 5 and 10 (2 x 20%)
  • A 2 hour written examination held in the examination period (55%)
Prescribed Texts:


Recommended Texts:

Wilson, Salyers, Whitt, and Winkler, Bacterial Pathogenesis: a Molecular Approach, (3rd Edition), ASM Press USA.

Breadth Options:

This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

You should visit learn more about breadth subjects and read the breadth requirements for your degree, and should discuss your choice with your student adviser, before deciding on your subjects.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

On completion of this subject, students should have developed the following generic skills:

  • the capacity to integrate knowledge across disciplines
  • the ability to comprehend a question, evaluate the relevant information and communicate an answer
  • the ability to interpret scientific literature and interpret data from electronic databases

This subject is available to students enrolled in the:

NG B. Sc.
NG B. Biomed

Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Biomedical Biotechnology (specialisation of Biotechnology major)
Immunology (pre-2008 Bachelor of Science)
Infection and Immunity
Microbiology (pre-2008 Bachelor of Science)
Science-credited subjects - new generation B-SCI and B-ENG.
Selective subjects for B-BMED
Related Breadth Track(s): Microbiology and immunology

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