Credit points: 15

Subject outline

The subject introduces you to microbial pathogenesis, control of pathogens, immunity, virology, bacteriology and parasitology. Pathogenic microorganisms are discussed from both the human and animal perspective, with veterinary examples and instances also covered throughout the subject. Practicals teach you how to isolate and identify medically important microorganisms. 

SchoolCollege PVC (SHE) Office

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorAlison Brown

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Available as ElectiveYes

Learning ActivitiesLearning activities will include online lectures, laboratory classes, and workshops 

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules



Incompatible subjectsMIC2MMV

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsLab gown and closed toe shoes for practical classes/

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Learning resources

Brock Biology of Microorganism Global Edition

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementRecommended

AuthorMichael T. Madigan, Kelly S. Bender, Daniel H. Buckley, W. Matthew Sattley, and David A. Stahl


Edition/Volume15th Edition



Chapter/article titleN/A



Other descriptionN/A

Source locationLibrary online

Prescotts Microbiology

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementRecommended

AuthorJoanne M. Willey, Linda M. Sherwood, and Christopher J. Woolverton


Edition/Volume10th Edition

PublisherMcGraw-Hill Education


Chapter/article titleN/A



Other descriptionN/A

Source locationLibrary online

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

COMMUNICATION - Communicating and Influencing
COMMUNICATION - Digital Capability
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL - Adaptability and Self-Management
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL - Leadership and Teamwork

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Describe the morphological characteristics and differences between the four major microbiological group: bacteria, viruses, parasites and fungi
02. Explain the key principles underlying the ability of some microorganisms to cause disease in humans and other animals
03. Describe key microbiological techniques that identify nonpathogenic and pathogenic microorganisms.
04. Explain how microbes can be controlled and how the immune system can prevent infection
05. Explain the basic principles of molecular virology
06. Demonstrate independent research skills by locating, interrogating and evaluating relevant scientific information.

Subject options

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 2, Blended


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorAlison Brown

Class requirements

Lecture/WorkshopWeek: 30 - 42
One 1.00 hour lecture/workshop every two weeks on weekdays during the day from week 30 to week 42 and delivered via online.

PracticalWeek: 42 - 42
One 2.00 hours practical per study period on weekdays during the day from week 42 to week 42 and delivered via face-to-face.

PracticalWeek: 31 - 41
One 2.00 hours practical every two weeks on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 41 and delivered via face-to-face.

Scheduled Online ClassWeek: 32 - 42
One 1.00 hour scheduled online class every three weeks on weekdays during the day from week 32 to week 42 and delivered via online.

Unscheduled Online ClassWeek: 31 - 42
Two 1.00 hour unscheduled online class per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 42 and delivered via online.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

Online quizzes (4 x 5%) (800 words equivalent) 

N/AQuizzesIndividualNo20 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5

Practical  test (800 words equivalent) 

N/APractical demonstrationIndividualNo20 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3

Workshop activities (400 words equivalent) 

N/AOtherIndividualNo10 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO5, SILO6

Final Exam 2-hr (2000 words equivalent) 

N/ACentral examIndividualNo40 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5

 Practical group presentation (400 word equivalent) 

N/AOral presentationGroupNo10 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3