Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Subject topics include medical bacteriology, virology, parasitology and mycology , epidemiology and molecular pathogenesis. Students will learn about the general characteristics of pathogenic microorganisms commonly affecting the health of animals and humans and the steps involved in disease transmission. Practical classes will address basic medical microbiology including normal flora of the skin, gastrointestinal, urogenital and respiratory tracts.

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

Prerequisites BIO1MGC or BIO1APM or HBS1HBA MIC2MI is highly desirable


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyEnrolment accepted until quota reached

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsStudents 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.

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 EDN



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. 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.
02. Use key microbiological techniques to recognise and identify non-pathogenic and pathogenic microorganisms.
03. Present data and analyse findings on two microbiological experiments in a scientific report.
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), 2020, Semester 2, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment size296

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorAlison Brown

Class requirements

Laboratory Class Week: 31 - 43
One 2.00 h 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 1.00 h lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*
One 1-hour practical theory test (mcq/short answer (1,000-words equivalent)N/AN/AN/ANo20 SILO2
One 3-hour written examinationN/AN/AN/ANo60 SILO1, SILO4
Online mcq quiz (250-words equivalent)N/AN/AN/ANo10 SILO1, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5
Group Project (groups of 8 students) 2% teamwork, 8% assessment task (250-word equiv per student)N/AN/AN/ANo10 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4