INTRODUCTION TO MICROBIOLOGY

BIO2IMB

2018

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject introduces microbiology through units of ever increasing size and complexity. We begin with molecules and cells, proceed to whole organisms and then onto how microbes interact with their environment, including humans. Topics covered in the lectures include microbial cell and molecular biology, structure and function of microbes and viruses, the control of microbial growth, causes of common microbial and viral diseases, and microbial interactions with humans and the environment. The practical component focuses on developing the practical skills required to safely study microorganisms.

SchoolSchool of Molecular Sciences/LIMS

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorIan Swift

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites BIO1CO or BIO1OF

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsBrock Biology of MicroorganismsPrescribedMadigan, MT, Martinko, JM, Dunlap, PV and Clark DP 201213TH EDITION, SYDNEY, PEARSON
ReadingsFoundations in MicrobiologyPrescribedTalaro, KT 20097TH EDITION, SYDNEY, MCGRAW-HILL

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Define and distinguish between terms in the basic vocabulary of microbiology.

Activities:
The vocabulary of microbiology is introduced in lectures, reinforced in practicals and assessed in assignments and tests.

02. Display basic competency in the safe handling, observation and enumeration of microbes in the laboratory.

Activities:
Safe handling and observation of microbes in the laboratory is taught and assessed in small group practical classes.

03. Compare the structure and function of different types of microorganisms (both prokaryotic and eukaryotic) and relate these to the other living organisms.

Activities:
Lectures and practical work will introduce and consolidate the concepts of structure and function of different types of microorganisms. Assessment of the student's ability to compare these and relate them to other organisms will take place in tests and the final exam.

04. Explain how microorganisms grow, interact with their environment, and predict those factors that are likely to affect growth for a given set of environmental conditions.

Activities:
Lectures will be where the students are introduced to microorganism interactions with the environments. Practical work and textbook questions will reinforce this. Assessment will be via class tests, a written assignment and the final exam.

05. Describe and compare various microbes and explain the roles that microbes play in human diseases and health and functioning of the environment.

Activities:
Microbial roles in disease and the environment will be introduced in the lectures and consolidated by a written assignment which will be assessed and feedback provided, along with class tests and the final exam.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Bendigo, 2018, Semester 1, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorIan Swift

Class requirements

Practical Week: 10 - 22
Six 3.0 hours practical per study period on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Lecture Week: 10 - 22
Three 1.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
2-hour end of semester examination40 01, 03, 04, 05
Laboratory report (800 word equiv)20 01, 03, 04
Module A. Skills Competency Tests, in practicals (500 word equiv)15 02, 03
Module B. Skills Competency Tests, in practicals (500 word equiv)15 02, 03
30-minute in-class test (500 word equiv)10 01, 03, 04, 05

Singapore, 2018, Term L1, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorJennifer Selkirk-Bell

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 02 - 07
One 36.0 hours lecture per study period on weekdays during the day from week 02 to week 07 and delivered via face-to-face.
"36-hours of Blended Lectures and Online Learning Activities in the teaching period delivered as a combination of face-to-face and online."

Practical Week: 02 - 07
One 15.0 hours practical per study period on weekdays during the day from week 02 to week 07 and delivered via face-to-face.
"15-hours of Practical or Directed Learning Activities during the teaching period and delivered via face-to-face or online."

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
2-hour end of semester examination40 01, 03, 04, 05
Laboratory report (800 word equiv)20 01, 03, 04
Module A. Skills Competency Tests, in practicals (500 word equiv)15 02, 03
Module B. Skills Competency Tests, in practicals (500 word equiv)15 02, 03
30-minute in-class test (500 word equiv)10 01, 03, 04, 05

Singapore, 2018, Term L3, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorJennifer Selkirk-Bell

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 19 - 23
One 36.0 hours lecture per study period on weekdays during the day from week 19 to week 23 and delivered via face-to-face.
"36-hours of Blended Lectures and Online Learning Activities in the teaching period delivered as a combination of face-to-face and online."

Practical Week: 19 - 23
One 15.0 hours practical per study period on weekdays during the day from week 19 to week 23 and delivered via face-to-face.
"15-hours of Practical or Directed Learning Activities during the teaching period and delivered via face-to-face or online."

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
2-hour end of semester examination40 01, 03, 04, 05
Laboratory report (800 word equiv)20 01, 03, 04
Module A. Skills Competency Tests, in practicals (500 word equiv)15 02, 03
Module B. Skills Competency Tests, in practicals (500 word equiv)15 02, 03
30-minute in-class test (500 word equiv)10 01, 03, 04, 05

Singapore, 2018, Term L1, Night

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorJennifer Selkirk-Bell

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 02 - 07
One 36.0 hours lecture per study period on weekdays at night from week 02 to week 07 and delivered via face-to-face.
"36-hours of Blended Lectures and Online Learning Activities in the teaching period delivered as a combination of face-to-face and online."

Practical Week: 02 - 07
One 15.0 hours practical per study period on weekdays at night from week 02 to week 07 and delivered via face-to-face.
"15-hours of Practical or Directed Learning Activities during the teaching period and delivered via face-to-face or online."

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
2-hour end of semester examination40 01, 03, 04, 05
Laboratory report (800 word equiv)20 01, 03, 04
Module A. Skills Competency Tests, in practicals (500 word equiv)15 02, 03
Module B. Skills Competency Tests, in practicals (500 word equiv)15 02, 03
30-minute in-class test (500 word equiv)10 01, 03, 04, 05