ADVANCED MICROBIOLOGY

MIC3AM

2015

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.

SchoolSchool of Life Sciences

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.

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.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Discipline-specific GCs (Discipline-specific GCs)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)

02. Understand concepts of microbial genetics (gene expression & regulation) and microbial cell biology (e. g. movement signalling pathways, motility, microbial models used to understand cell division) and their importance in 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:
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Discipline-specific GCs (Discipline-specific GCs)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)

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

Activities:
Students are instructed on new techniques in the laboratory setting and concepts from lectures are reinforced. The third year laboratory is an 'open' laboratory and students have access outside of formal practical session times to complete experiments and prepare materials/cultures for upcoming sessions. 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 form of short group talks. Students work in pairs or groups to conduct experiments in microbial cell biology. They write a practical report that requires them to util
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Teamwork (Teamwork)
Writing (Writing)
Discipline-specific GCs (Discipline-specific GCs)
Speaking (Speaking)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Quantitative Literacy/ Numeracy (Quantitative Literacy/ Numeracy)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)

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

Activities:
Work in a team to design and implement a microbiological research proposal in a timely manner
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Teamwork (Teamwork)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Writing (Writing)
Discipline-specific GCs (Discipline-specific GCs)
Speaking (Speaking)
Quantitative Literacy/ Numeracy (Quantitative Literacy/ Numeracy)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2015, Semester 2, Day

Overview

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
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.

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.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Group Talk (15 min)10 02, 03
Journal style article (1000 words)10 01, 03
One 2-hour written exam (end of semester)20 01, 02
One 3-hour written exam (end of semester)Optional : Alternative in-lecture assessment in place of one question for the Microbial Cell Biology section will be offered.40 01, 02
Workbook10 02, 03
Research Project (team) (Poster Presentation)10 03, 04