Clinical Microbiology (8027.3)
|Available teaching periods||Delivery mode||Location|
|View teaching periods|| On-Campus
|| Bruce, Canberra
|0.125||3||Faculty Of Science And Technology|
|Discipline||Study level||HECS Bands|
|Academic Program Area - Science||Level 3 - Undergraduate Advanced Unit|| Band 3 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan 2021)
Band 4 2021 (Commenced Before 1 Jan 2021)
Learning outcomesOn successful completion of this unit, students will demonstrate:
1. Knowledge, understanding and be able to evaluate the clinical significance of microorganisms commonly recovered in medical microbiology laboratories;
2. The ability to apply this knowledge in evaluating a range of techniques used in microbiology laboratories to isolate, characterise, and identify medically important microorganisms;
3. The ability to critically analyse the standards of practice of medical laboratory science in clinical/research microbiology laboratories including laboratory safety standards; and
4. The ability to make choices based on reasoned argument and present case-based outcomes clearly and concisely.
Graduate attributes1. UC graduates are professional - communicate effectively
1. UC graduates are professional - display initiative and drive, and use their organisation skills to plan and manage their workload
1. UC graduates are professional - employ up-to-date and relevant knowledge and skills
1. UC graduates are professional - take pride in their professional and personal integrity
1. UC graduates are professional - use creativity, critical thinking, analysis and research skills to solve theoretical and real-world problems
1. UC graduates are professional - work collaboratively as part of a team, negotiate, and resolve conflict
2. UC graduates are global citizens - behave ethically and sustainably in their professional and personal lives
2. UC graduates are global citizens - adopt an informed and balanced approach across professional and international boundaries
2. UC graduates are global citizens - communicate effectively in diverse cultural and social settings
2. UC graduates are global citizens - make creative use of technology in their learning and professional lives
2. UC graduates are global citizens - think globally about issues in their profession
3. UC graduates are lifelong learners - adapt to complexity, ambiguity and change by being flexible and keen to engage with new ideas
3. UC graduates are lifelong learners - be self-aware
3. UC graduates are lifelong learners - evaluate and adopt new technology
3. UC graduates are lifelong learners - reflect on their own practice, updating and adapting their knowledge and skills for continual professional and academic development
PrerequisitesIntroduction to Microbiology.
|Year||Location||Teaching period||Teaching start date||Delivery mode||Unit convener|
|2023||Bruce, Canberra||Semester 1||06 February 2023||On-Campus||Dr Claire O'Brien|
Microbiology with Diseases by Body System, Global Edition (4e). This is an e-text and will be made available to students via the unit Canvas page. An e-version may also be purchased using the following link: http://www.pearson.com.au/9781292058276. Details about the purchase of the paperback version will be provided on the Canvas site.
Clinical Microbiology Practical Manual 2023, University of Canberra, Australia. The manual is to be purchased from the UCX Shop on campus and brought to each practical session. The manual will also be made available on the Canvas site, however only the bound copy is permitted in practical sessions, as it is bound with plastic, enabling decontamination prior to leaving each session.
Submission of assessment items
Extensions & Late submissions
Feedback on all assessment items will be provided in a timely and constructive manner.
Special assessment requirements
The final mark for this unit will be calculated by an accumulation of marks from each assessment item. The final mark is out of a possible 100 marks. To achieve a passing grade or higher, students must:
1. Attempt all assesssment items.
2. Attend at least 80% of workshops (4/5) and 80% of practicals (13/16), not including the mid-semester test and practical assessment.
3. Participate in the verbal presentation.
3. Achieve 50% in the case studies sssessment, regardless of marks achieved in the other assessment items, and;
4. Achieve a final aggregate mark of 50% or higher.
Students have a responsibility to uphold University standards on ethical scholarship. Good scholarship involves building on the work of others and use of others' work must be acknowledged with proper attribution made. Cheating, plagiarism, and falsification of data are dishonest practices that contravene academic values. Refer to the University's Student Charter for more information.
To enhance understanding of academic integrity, all students are expected to complete the Academic Integrity Module (AIM) at least once during their course of study. You can access this module within UCLearn (Canvas) through the 'Academic Integrity and Avoiding Plagiarism' link in the Study Help site.
Use of Text-Matching Software
The University of Canberra uses text-matching software to help students and staff reduce plagiarism and improve understanding of academic integrity. The software matches submitted text in student assignments against material from various sources: the internet, published books and journals, and previously submitted student texts.
In the event a student misses the mid-semester test or case studies assessment due to illness or other exceptional circumstances, the student must contact the Unit Convener within 3 days of the scheduled test/assessment. The request to sit a deferred test/assessment must be received in writing (by email). Students must provide a medical certificate or other relevant supporting documentation prior to sitting a deferred test/assessment.
As well as attending the compulsory workshops (5 hours in total) and laboratory sessions (36 hours in total, including the mid-semester test and practical assessment) each week, students are expected to set aside time each week for study, preparation of assessment items, and accessing online lecture/text book content. This equates to approximately 109 hours, spread over the semester.
In order to do well in this unit, it is important that students gain a good understanding of the appropriate collection and analysis of samples in order to correctly identify infective agents. Therefore, it is expected that students will write comprehensive laboratory notes each week, which they can review regularly. It is also expected that students will complete the table of weekly laboratory results from all groups in order to be well prepared for the practical and other assessments. It is expected that students will complete the reading from the text book, set out in Canvas each week.
Use of the discussion forum that will be on the Canvas site is strongly encouraged.
Participation in practical classes is a compulsory component of this unit and attendance will be recorded. You must participate in at least 13/16 (80%) of the practical classes, not including the mid-semester test or practical assessment, to pass this unit. A medical certificate and/or other appropriate documentation must be presented to the Unit Convener for every practical session missed.
Participation in workshops is also compulsory and attendance will be recorded. You must participate in at least 4/5 (80%) of the workshops to pass this unit. In the case of illness, or other extenuating circumstances, medical certificates and/or other appropriate documentation must be presented to the Unit Convener for every workshop missed. You must participate in your group's verbal presentation in order to pass the unit.
Required IT skills
Basic knowledge of word processing software, Microsoft Powerpoint, and internet browsers (including accessing Canvas) is assumed.
Students must purchase the practical lab manual and safety glasses.
Work placement, internships or practicums
Although there are no formal work placements attached to this unit, learning in this unit will be integrally linked to experiences in professional contexts.
In all cases of absence, sickness or personal problems it is the student's responsibility to ensure that the Unit Convener is informed. The minimum participation requirement must be met in order to pass the unit (regardless of supporting documentation).
It is the responsibility of the student to check the unit Canvas site and their student email frequently and regularly, as notifications to all students enrolled in the unit will be posted via the Announcement Forum and/or Discussion Forum.
Potentially hazardous materials will be used as part of this Unit. Risk assessments have been performed and control measures implemented to manage hazards and risks. Students have an obligation to comply with any safety directions issued by staff and to inform staff if incidents of a potentially hazardous nature occur. With respect to chemicals, staff will provide students with access to Safety Data Sheets.
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