Microbiology for Optometry
This micro-credential covers the role and activity of microbes as agents of infectious disease, the way in which the host's immune response deals with infectious agents and how it can be exploited to elicit protection against these agents.
In ther course you will explore the biological reasons for disease transmission and spread, and considers applications of a knowledge of infectious disease and immunology, including identification and diagnosis.
The micro-credential introduces essential knowledge and principles in the fields of infectious disease, immunology and epidemiology
This is a fully-online micro-credential in microbiology that is designed for applicants to meet the entry requirements to the UWA Doctor of Optometry course.
Upon successful completion, you'll receive:
- Six PD Points
- A Certificate of Achievement
- A UWA Plus Professional Development Transcript, listing all successfully completed micro-credentials
- Delivery mode
- Course date
- 14 November 2022 - 18 December 2022*
- *Note: Although the closing date for the Doctor of Optometry course ends on 31 August 2022, successful applicants (without OPTMM421 or equivalent) will still be granted provisional offers (and eligible for entry upon completion of this micro-credential by December.
- 4 -6 weeks
- 150 hours
- Academic Leads
- Dr Wilfred Tang and Dr Khyber Alam
- $1,100 inc. GST
- Critical information summary
- OPTMM421 – Critical information summary [PDF, 244KB]
What you'll learn
Describe the diversity of disease-causing microbes and the major diseases they cause
Describe environmental factors that influence the occurrence, transmission and spread of microbes
Describe the responses of the immune system to infection
Understand tools used in pathogen detection and identification
Understand the basis of chemical disease control
Obtain a foundation for more detailed studies of infectious disease-causing microbes and immunology
Why study this course?
This highly specialised micro-credential (along with the companion micro- credential OPTMM420 Pharmacology for Optometry) is specifically designed for applicants to meet the requirements for entry into the UWA Doctor of Optometry course.
In this micro-credential you will learn about the role and activity of microbes as agents of infectious disease, the way in which the host's immune response deals with infectious agents and how it can be exploited to elicit protection against these agents.
Recommended prior knowledge
This micro-credential is applicable only to students who have met the appropriate pre-requisites (e.g. passes in Western Australia ATAR Maths and Chemistry subjects, or equivalent).
It is an advantage for students who have undertaken undergraduate units that include molecular biology of the cell, cellular biochemistry, human anatomy and physiology.
How does it work?
This is a fully online micro-credential containing lectures, seminars and multiple choice assessment formats. There are no practical components in this micro-credential.
Students are able to utilise the foundation knowledge of microbiology gained from the unit to meet the prior learning requirements for entry into the UWA Doctor of Optometry course.
What's next after this course?
- Future study
- Students who successfully complete this micro-credential are able to apply to the Doctor of Optometry course.