Credit points: 30

Subject outline

This subject comprises components of Applied and Environmental Microbiology, Microbial Genetics, and Microbial Cell Biology. Applied and Environmental Microbiology covers microbial processes in the environment and their application in relevant situations. The Microbial Genetics section focusses on the control of gene expression in prokaryotes. The Microbial Cell Biology component deals with how prokaryotes and eukaryotes process information in signal transduction. The accompanying laboratory classes provide the opportunity to complete a capstone experience, comprising an ongoing laboratory program directly linked to the lecture topics, and in conjunction with this, an independent research project of particular interest to the students. The capstone experience focuses on the professional skills and competencies expected from a working microbiologist: working collaboratively in a team, formulating hypotheses, designing and performing experiments, analysing data and communicating results.

FacultyFaculty of Science, Tech & Engineering

Credit points30

Subject Co-ordinatorAnna Morris

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites (MIC2IM/MIC2MI or AGR3ANH/AGR3ANI/AGR3AH) and (MIC2MMV/MIC2MVM), except for Bachelor of Biomedical sciences students who have passed MIC2MVM/MIC2MMV.


Incompatible subjects MIC3EPM

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2014, Semester 2, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment size120

Enrolment information Laboratory space Enrolment will be based on individual academic performance in first and second years, particularly in MIC2IM / MIC2MI and MIC2MVM / MIC2MMV.

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorAnna Morris

Class requirements

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

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.


Assessment elementComments%
Group Talk (15 min)7
Journal style article (1000 words)7
One 2-hour written exam (end of semester)24
One 3-hour written exam (end of semester)48
Practical Report7
Research Project (team)7