Credit points: 15

Subject outline

MIC2MI is a basic introductory subject, a discipline not taught in first year. Four major areas are covered in four blocks of lectures, with three face to face lectures weekly throughout the semester. The four major areas include: Introductory Microbiology, Microbial Ecology, Microbial Genetics and Microbial Cell Biology. 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.

SchoolLife Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorAlison Brown

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesN/A

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules



Incompatible subjectsAGR3ANI

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyEnrolment accepted until quota reached

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

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

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A


Brock: Biology of Micro organisms

Resource TypePrescribed

Resource RequirementN/A

AuthorMichael T. Madigan, Kelly S. Bender, D.H., Buckley, W., Sattley, M.m Stahl, D.A.


Edition/Volume15th Ed



Chapter/article titleN/A



Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

Prescott's Microbiology

Resource TypePrescribed

Resource RequirementN/A

AuthorWilley, J.M., Sherwood, L.M., and Woolverton, C.J.


Edition/Volume10TH ED



Chapter/article titleN/A



Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Describe and explain the key principles underlying the ability of some microorganisms including viruses to cause disease in humans and other animals.
02. Use key microbiological techniques to recognise and identify non-pathogenic and pathogenic microorganisms.
03. Conduct microbiological experiments and effectively communicate the results in written reports.
04. Perform basic mathematical calculations and prepare graphic representations to aid in the interpretation of experimental data.
05. Demonstrate independent learning and research skills by locating, interrogating and evaluating relevant scientific information.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 1, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment size300

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorAlison Brown

Class requirements

Laboratory ClassWeek: 10 - 22
One 2.00 h laboratory class per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

LectureWeek: 10 - 22
Three 1.00 h lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*
One 1-hour mcq practical theory examination (including skills assessment) (250 -words equiv)N/AN/AN/ANo15 SILO1, SILO2, SILO4
One 3-hour written examination (3,000-words equiv)N/AN/AN/ANo60 SILO1
One individual lab report (1,000 word -equiv)N/AN/AN/ANo15 SILO1, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5
E-portfolio (group research topic, 250 word equivalent per student)N/AN/AN/ANo10 SILO1, SILO2, SILO5