- Code BIOL2142
- Unit Value 6 units
This course includes an on campus activity/ies. Check timetable for details. Contact course convener if you are unable to travel to Canberra.
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.
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
Assessment will be based on:
- Mid-term multiple-choice test (20%; LO 1, 2, 3)
- Four written reports of laboratory practical class, showing understanding of laboratory skills, experimental design, concise reporting, and scientific writing (40%; LO 1, 4, 5)
- Final examination comprising short answer questions (40%; LO 1, 2, 3)
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WorkloadTwo lectures and up to three hours of laboratory work per week.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Willey, J. Prescott, Harley, and Klein's Microbiology (latest ed.) McGraw-Hill.
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- 6 units
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