ADVANCED MICROBIOLOGY

MIC3AM

2018

Credit points: 30

This subject addresses La Trobe's Innovation and Entrepreneurship Essential. Innovation and Entrepreneurship is about using your creativity to generate new ideas, understand and solve complex problems and thrive in a fast-changing world.

Subject outline

This subject introduces students to innovative scientific skills in Applied and Environmental Microbiology, Microbial Genetics and Microbial Cell Biology.Advanced laboratory classes provide students with a capstone experience comprising an ongoing laboratory program directly linked to the lecture topics, as well as an independent research project combining innovative project design with microbiological technical skills and scientific knowledge. The project culminates in a pitching session in which students present their projects.The capstone experience focuses on the professional skills and competencies expected from a working microbiologist: working in a team, formulating hypotheses, designing/performing experiments, analyzing data, communicating results. La Trobe's Innovation andEntrepreneurship Essential is addressed by developing the ability to tackle problems creatively, generate and implement new ideas, achieve project milestones and pitch project goals and outcomes to others.



SchoolSchool of Life Sciences

Credit points30

Subject Co-ordinatorSteve Petrovski

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites (MIC2MI or AGR3AH) and (MIC2MMV). If admitted into the Bachelor of Biomedical Science must have passed MIC2MMV.

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjects MIC3EPM

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Explain the use of culture and non-culture techniques in the study of microbial processes in the environment, and demonstrate integrated understanding of microbial processes in the environment and how these processes can be applied in real world scenarios.

Activities:
Lectures provide details on concepts in applied environmental microbiology, which will be complemented by laboratory sessions to reinforce, and give applied knowledge, on key concepts in the subject and direct hands-on experience of culturing and working with microorganisms. A final exam (2hrs) requires students to write short answer/essay style answers to scenario style questions related to environmental microbiology. Students also work on a short communication in a group following completion of the practical exercise.
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
Personal and Professional Skills
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills

02. Describe and explain concepts of microbial genetics (eg. Gene expression, regulation and plasmid biology) and microbial cell biology (eg. Movement signaling pathways, motility, microbial models used to understand brain diseases) and relate them to areas as diverse as biomedicine, agriculture and ecology.

Activities:
Lectures provide details on microbial genetics and microbial cell biology and laboratory sessions enable experiments to be conducted that illustrate the concepts. A final exam (3hrs) requires students to write short answer/essay style answers to scenario style questions related to microbial genetics and microbial cell biology.
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
Personal and Professional Skills
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills

03. Use key microbiological techniques to manipulate microorganisms for experiments in the laboratory, record and analyse data for interpretation and communication of results.

Activities:
Students are instructed on new techniques in the laboratory setting and concepts from lectures are reinforced. Records of experiments are made in laboratory note books. Analysis of the results of applied and environmental microbiological experiments are presented in the form of a journal style article. Students present information on the various key microbiological and cell biology techniques that they have used in the laboratory in the form of an individual workbook or a test. Students also present results of their own research project in the form of a poster.
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
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills

04. Work in a team to design, research and implement a microbiological research project in a timely manner.

Activities:
Work in a team to design and implement a microbiological research project in a timely manner
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
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 2, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment size150

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

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorSteve Petrovski

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 31 - 43
Four 1.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Laboratory Class Week: 31 - 43
Two 3.0 hours laboratory class per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Written test (1-hour) (1000 words equivalent)10 02, 03
Journal style article (500 words per student) 2% team contribution, 8% team submission10 01, 03
One 2-hour written exam (end of semester) (2000 words equivalent)20 01, 02
One 3-hour written exam (end of semester) (3000 words equivalent)Optional : Alternative in-lecture assessment in place of one question for the Microbial Cell Biology sections will be offered.40 01, 02
Workbook (1,000 words per student)10 02, 03
Research Project - poster presentation (500 words per student) 2% team contribution, 8% team poster10 03, 04