BMS438 Clinical Bacteriology (8)


This subject provides an overview of infectious bacteria, their collection, detection and diagnosis of infection. In-depth studies of the infectious bacteria of selected organ systems are conducted. Practical sessions and case studies simulate 'real life' medical situations, with an emphasis on laboratory diagnostic techniques utilised in the diagnosis and identification of the aetiological agents of infection.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 2
Distance*Wagga Wagga Campus
*This subject offering contains a residential school. Please view following information for further details.
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Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Biomedical Sciences

Enrolment restrictions

Restricted to students enrolled in the BSc Forensic Biotechnology program and postgraduate students only.
Incompatible subject(s)Related subject(s)
BMS338 BMS338 This is a paired subject with BMS338

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
be able to demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the basic taxonomy of medically significant bacterial agents and its relationship to diagnosis;
be able to demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the underlying principles of bacterial genetics with emphasis on antibiotic resistance and spread;
be able to describe in detail the principles behind antibacterial chemotherapies;
be able to identify the kinds of bacteria that cause disease;
be able to describe in detail the principles of diagnosis, specimen collection and specimen quality;
be able to competently perform microbiological techniques for diagnosis of infection; and
be able to describe at length the causative bacterial pathogens, pathogenesis, epidemiology and clinical signs of diseases affecting the urinary tract, the integument and haematopoietic system, the digestive tract, the respiratory tract, the eye, sexually transmitted diseases, obstetric and perinatal infections, vector borne infections, multisystem zoonoses and the immunocompromised host.


The subject will cover the following topics:
The Bacteria * The bionomical system of classification. * Cellular organisation and properties of bacteria. * Bacterial genetics * Antibacterial chemotherapies. Principles of diagnostic bacteriology * Specimen collection, transport and processing * Principles behind the diagnosis of infections Body systems approach to infection * Infections of the skin, muscle, joints, bone and haemopoietic system. * Infections of the eye * Gastrointestinal infections * Upper respiratory tract and ear infections * Lower respiratory tract infections * Infections of the central nervous system * Urinary tract infections * Sexually transmitted diseases * Obstetric and perinatal infections * Vector borne infections and multisystem zoonoses * Infections of the immunocompromised host

Residential School

This subject contains a compulsory 4 day residential school. Practical work undertaken in the Residential School provides hands-on experience of diagnosic laboratory based testing via a number of case studies and commonly used bacterial pathology laboratory techniques. Residential schools will be offered from both the Wagga Wagga and Burlington Campuses (in collaboration with partner insitutions in Canada).


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.