UWA PLUS

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
Online
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.
Duration
4 -6 weeks
Effort
150 hours
Academic Leads
Dr Wilfred Tang and Dr Khyber Alam
Cost
$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

Notebook and a workspace 

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.

Register

Registrations are open.

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