• Offered by Biology Teaching and Learning Centre
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Biology
  • Areas of interest Health, Medicine and the Body
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Naresh Verma
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2014
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This course focuses on the general principles of microbiology and includes the following topics, which are fundamental to an understanding of biotechnology:

  • Diversity of micro-organisms
  • Evolutionary relationships and taxonomy
  • 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 and immunology
  • Food and industrial microbiology. 

Note: Graduate students attend joint classes with undergraduates but are assessed separately.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

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
6. Critically think and integrate factual and conceptual information required for an understanding of microbiology

Indicative Assessment

Assessment will be based on:

    • Four written reports of laboratory practical class, showing understanding of laboratory skills, experimental design, concise reporting, and scientific writing (45%; LO 1, 4, 5)

    • Essay showing evidence of research skills, scientific writing, and critical understanding of major concepts (15%; LO 1, 6)

    • Final examination comprising short answer questions to test recall of relevant facts (40%; LO 1, 2, 3)

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

      Requisite and Incompatibility

      You will need to contact the Biology Teaching and Learning Centre to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

      Prescribed Texts

      Willey, J. 2008. Prescott, Harley, and Klein's Microbiology (7th ed.)


      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. Students continuing in their current program of study will have their tuition fees indexed annually from the year in which you commenced your program. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

      Student Contribution Band:
      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
      Domestic fee paying students
      Year Fee
      1994-2003 $1650
      2004 $2160
      2005 $2358
      2006 $2358
      2007 $2358
      2008 $2358
      2009 $2358
      2010 $2358
      2011 $2946
      2012 $2946
      2013 $2946
      2014 $2946
      International fee paying students
      Year Fee
      1994-2003 $3606
      2004 $3618
      2005 $3618
      2006 $3618
      2007 $3618
      2008 $3618
      2009 $3618
      2010 $3750
      2011 $3756
      2012 $3756
      2013 $3756
      2014 $3762
      Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

      Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

      The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
      Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

      Second Semester

      Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
      7118 21 Jul 2014 08 Aug 2014 31 Aug 2014 30 Oct 2014 In Person N/A

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