Credit points: 30

Subject outline

This subject introduces students to innovative scientific skills in Applied and Environmental Microbiology, Microbial Genetics and Microbial Cell Biology. Advanced laboratory classes provide students with a capstone experience comprising an ongoing laboratory program directly linked to the lecture topics, as well as an independent research project combining innovative project design with microbiological technical skills and scientific knowledge. The project culminates in a pitching session in which students present their projects. The capstone experience focuses on the professional skills and competencies expected from a working microbiologist: working in a team, formulating hypotheses, designing/performing experiments, analysing data, communicating results. La Trobe's Innovation and Entrepreneurship Essential is addressed by developing the ability to tackle problems creatively, generate and implement new ideas, achieve project milestones and pitch project goals and outcomes to others.

SchoolLife Sciences

Credit points30

Subject Co-ordinatorCarolyn Bell

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesN/A

Capstone subjectYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Students admitted into the Bachelor of Biomedical Science must have passed MIC2MMV


Incompatible subjectsMIC3EPM

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyMerit based quota management

Quota-conditions or rulesAssessed on an average of a student's performance in MIC2MI and MIC2MMV.

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/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. 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.
02. Describe and explain concepts of microbial genetics (e.g. Gene expression, regulation and plasmid biology and microbial cell biology (e.g. Movement signalling pathways, motility, microbial models used to understand brain diseases and relate them to areas as diverse as biomedicine, agriculture and ecology.
03. Use key microbiological techniques to manipulate microorganisms for experiments in the laboratory, record and analyse data for interpretation and communication of results.
04. Work in a team to design, research and implement a microbiological research project in a timely manner.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 2, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment size150

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorCarolyn Bell

Class requirements

Laboratory ClassWeek: 30 - 42
Two 3.00 hours laboratory class per week on weekdays during the day from week 30 to week 42 and delivered via face-to-face.

LectureWeek: 30 - 42
Four 1.00 hour lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 30 to week 42 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

Written test (1-hour) (1,000-words equivalent)

N/AOtherIndividualNo10 SILO2, SILO3

Journal style article (500-words per student) 2% team contribution, 8% team submission

N/AOtherIndividualNo10 SILO1, SILO3

One 2-hour end of semester written exam (2,000-words equivalent)

N/AOther written examIndividualNo20 SILO1, SILO2

One 3-hour end of semester written exam (3,000-words equivalent)

N/ACentral examIndividualNo40 SILO1, SILO2

Workbook (1,000 words per student)

N/AOtherIndividualNo10 SILO2, SILO3

Research Project - poster presentation (500-words per student) 2% team contribution, 8% team poster

N/AOtherIndividualNo10 SILO3, SILO4