INTRODUCTORY MICROBIOLOGY

MIC2MI

2018

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

MIC2MI is a basic introductory unit, a discipline not taught in first year. Three major areas are covered in three blocks of lectures, with three lectures per week for approximately four weeks in each area. These areas are: Introductory Microbiology (including Applied Microbiology), Microbial Genetics and Microbial Diversity. Apart from providing the relevant information essential for emerging microbiologists, important key concepts are taught through the use of animation and videos, while other concepts are modelled in class. Laboratory classes (2 hours per week) with experiments directly relating to the lecture content are run in parallel to the lectures. Students are under constant supervision and guided by demonstrators (one demonstrator per group of 12 to 18 students), where they learn the handling, manipulation and identification of a variety of important microorganisms.

SchoolSchool of Life Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorAnna Morris

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites (BIO1OF or BIO1MGC or BIO1APM) or if enrolled in Bachelor of Human Nutrition (HBHN) must pass all subjects in {HBS1HBA, HBS1HBB and (BIO1GEN or BIO1APM)} Alternatively, satisfactory performance (60% or above) in BIO1EEB will also be accepted.

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjects AGR3ANH, AGR3ANI

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions Students are required to wear laboratory coats and shoes in teaching laboratories.

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsBrock: Biology of Micro organismsPrescribedMadigan, M. T. Martinko, J. M. Dunlap, P.V. and Clark, D.P.14TH EDN. PEARSON 2015
ReadingsPrescott's MicrobiologyPrescribedWilley, J.M., Sherwood, L.M. and Woolverton, C.J.10TH ED. MCGRAW-HILL 2016

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Use correct vocabulary to describe and/or explain microbiological concepts, such as the basic processes in microbial genetics, classification and diversity of microorganisms, the diverse forms of microbial metabolism, and the basic requirements for life.

Activities:
Lectures provide details on microbiological concepts and laboratory sessions enable experiments to be conducted that illustrate the concepts. One laboratory experiment is written up as scientific reports, following the format and style used in the "Journal of Microbiology".
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills

02. Use key microbiological techniques to manipulate microorganisms for experiments in the laboratory.

Activities:
Laboratory sessions enable students to practice techniques which are tested in the practical exam
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Literacies and Communication Skills
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Inquiry and Analytical Skills
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Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
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Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills

03. Present data and analyse findings on two microbiological experiments in a scientific report.

Activities:
One laboratory experiments written up as group scientific report, following the format and style as used in "The Journal of Microbiology"
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills
Literacies and Communication Skills
Literacies and Communication Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills

04. Perform basic mathematical calculations and prepare graphic representations to aid in the interpretation of experimental data.

Activities:
Calculations and graphical representations will be performed as part of the laboratory classes, and instructions will be provided in the pre-lab talks and by the demonstrators.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills
Literacies and Communication Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills

05. Demonstrate independent learning and research skills by locating, interrogating and evaluating relevant scientific information.

Activities:
Students will be instructed in the lectures and during the laboratory classes on the importance of accessing appropriate and reliable sources of information, and work in a group to complete a multimedia assignment based on one laboratory experiment.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills
Literacies and Communication Skills
Literacies and Communication Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2018, Semester 1, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment size300

Enrolment information Quota due to limited lab space. Merit based quota an academic performance in first year.

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorAnna Morris

Class requirements

Laboratory Class Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours laboratory class per week 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*
One 1-hour practical examination (including skills assessment) (equiv. 1000 words)20 02
One 3-hour written examination (equiv. 3000 words)60 01, 04
One group Laboratory report (equivalent to 250 words ) 2% contribution to teamwork; 8% team report10 01, 03, 04, 05
One multimedia (eg video clip), or oral prac assessment task equivalent to 250 words/student.10 01, 03, 05