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 (3 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.

FacultyFaculty of Science, Tech & Engineering

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 if enrolled in Bachelor of Human Nutrition (HBHN) must pass all subjects in {HBS1HBA, HBS1HBB and BIO1GEN}


Incompatible subjects AGR31ANP, AGR3ANH, AGR3ANI

Equivalent subjectsN/A

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

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsBrock: Biology of Micro organismsPrescribedMadigan, M. T. Martinko, J. M. Dunlap, P.V. and Clark, D.P.13TH EDN, PEARSON 2012
ReadingsPrescott's MicrobiologyPrescribedWilley, J.M., Sherwood, L.M. and Woolverton, C.J.8TH EDN. MCGRAW HILL 2011

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2014, Semester 1, Day


Online enrolmentNo

Maximum enrolment size215

Enrolment information Laboratory space. Enrolment based on academic merit in the first year.

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorAnna Morris

Class requirements

Laboratory Class Week: 10 - 22
One 3.0 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.


Assessment elementComments%
One 1-hour practical examination20
One 3-hour written examination65
Three 400-word Laboratory reports and question sheets (equiv. to 1000 words)15