Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Subject topics include medical and veterinary microbiology, virology, epidemiology and molecular pathogenesis. Students will learn about the general characteristics of pathogenic bacteria that may affect the transmission. Lectures and practical classes will address the various means of controlling microbial growth, both within the human host and within our environment. Students will also be provided with a basic understanding of the molecular and cellular biology of microorganisms, in addition to an overview of the steps involved in the disease process.

SchoolSchool of Life Sciences

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 BIO1MGC and completed at least 90 first year credit points. MIC2MI is highly desirable. BIO1APM is recommended.


Incompatible subjects MIC2MVM

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions Students who have not completed MIC2MI in the past 2 years will be required to attend a lab skills session in order to be allowed entry into MIC2MMV practical classes. Students are required to wear laboratory coats and shoes in teaching laboratories.


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsBrock: Biology of Micro-organismsPrescribedMadigan, M. T. Martinko, J. M., Dunlap, P.V. and Clark, D.P., 2015 (14th edition)Pearson
ReadingsPrescott's MicrobiologyPrescribedWilley, J.M., Sherwood, L.M. and Woolverton, C.J., 2014 (10th edition)McGraw Hill

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Use correct vocabulary to describe and/or explain the key principles underlying the ability of some microorganisms including viruses to cause disease in humans and other animals

Lectures provide details on key principles and laboratory sessions enable experiments to be conducted to identify and classify pathogenic microorganisms. Students undertake basic revision of microbiological principles and techniques in the first two weeks of semester and complete a workbook which they can refer to during the semester.

02. Use key microbiological techniques to recognise and identify non-pathogenic and pathogenic microorganisms.

Laboratory sessions enable students to use and practise techniques which are tested in the practical exam. Inquiry based learning is encouraged with students working on a group assignment identifying an unknown microorganism in addition to investigating a food poisoning outbreak. Studnets complete an individual online quiz following associated practical classes.

03. Present data and analyse findings on two microbiological experiments in a scientific report.

One laboratory research project is undertaken in groups and students present this in a seminar upon completion of research and collation and analysis of results.

04. Perform basic mathematical calculations and prepare graphic representations to aid in the interpretation of experimental data.

Calculations and graphical representations will be performed as part of the laboratory classes, and instructions will be provided in the pre-lab talks and by the demonstrators. Seminar presentation on group research project

05. Demonstrate independent learning and research skills by locating, interrogating and evaluating relevant scientific information.

Students will be instructed in the lectures and during the laboratory classes on the importance of accessing appropriate and reliable sources of information.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2018, Semester 2, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment size296

Enrolment information Quota due to limited lab space. Merit based quota an academic performance in first year.

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorAnna Morris

Class requirements

Laboratory Class Week: 31 - 43
One 2.0 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
Three 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% ILO*
One 1-hour practical theory test (mcq / short answer, 1000-word equivalent)20 02
One 3-hour written examination60 01, 04
Online mcq quiz (250-word equivalent)10 01, 03, 04, 05
Group Project (groups of 8 students) 2% teamwork, 8% assessment task (250-word equiv per student)10 01, 02, 03, 04