• Offered by Biology Teaching and Learning Centre
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Biology
  • Academic career Undergraduate
  • Course convener
    • AsPr Naresh Verma
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course BIOL6142
  • Offered in Second Semester 2018
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This course focuses on the general principles of microbiology and includes the following topics: bacterial cell structure and function; genetic systems of bacteria, bacteriophages and plasmids; microbial growth and metabolism; energy and nutrient harvesting; microorganisms and the environment; control of microorganisms; introduction to viruses; food and industrial microbiology.

Note: This is a co-taught course. Undergraduate and graduate students attend joint classes but learning outcomes and assessment are slightly different.

Learning Outcomes

On satisfying the requirements of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

1. Describe diversity of microorganisms, bacterial cell structure and function, microbial growth and metabolism, and the ways to control their growth by physical and chemical means
2. Explain the basic genetic systems of bacteria, bacteriophage and plasmids
3. Explain the role of microorganisms in food production and preservation, and their ability to cause food-borne infections
4. Demonstrate practical skills in fundamental microbiological techniques
5. Systematically apply the scientific method of investigation and hypothesis testing including the development of theoretical and practical skills in the design and execution of experiments as well as the development of oral and writing skills necessary for the effective communication of experimental results

Indicative Assessment

Assessment will be based on:

    • Mid-term multiple-choice test (15%; LO 1, 2, 3)
    • Four written reports of laboratory practical class, showing understanding of laboratory skills, experimental design, concise reporting, and scientific writing (45%; LO 1, 4, 5)
    • Final examination comprising short answer questions (40%; LO 1, 2, 3)

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      Workload

      Two lectures and up to three hours of laboratory and tutorial work per week.

      Requisite and Incompatibility

      To enrol in this course you must have successfully completed BIOL2161 and also have completed CHEM1201. Incompatible with BIOL6142.

      Prescribed Texts

      Willey, J. Prescott, Harley, and Klein's Microbiology (latest ed.) McGraw-Hill.

      Fees

      Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

      If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

      Student Contribution Band:
      Band 2
      Unit value:
      6 units

      If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

      Units EFTSL
      6.00 0.12500
      Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

      Offerings and Dates

      The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

      Second Semester

      Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
      7400 23 Jul 2018 30 Jul 2018 31 Aug 2018 26 Oct 2018 In Person

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