• Offered by Biology Teaching and Learning Centre
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Biology
  • Areas of interest Immunology and Microbiology, Biomedical Science
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Prof Peter Solomon
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Second Semester 2021
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Microorganisms play a significant role in medicine, agriculture, the environment, and many facets of our daily lives. This course focuses on the general principles of microbiology, providing students with an understanding of the fundamental concepts of the biology of microorganisms. The course 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.

Practical skills are an essential part of microbiology. The laboratory classes in this course aim: (1) to teach and develop basic microbiological techniques and experimental skills; (2) to illustrate some of the concepts presented in the lectures.


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, 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

  1. Mid-term multiple-choice test (20) [LO 1,2,3]
  2. Four written reports of laboratory practical class (40) [LO 1,4,5]
  3. Final examination comprising short answer questions (40) [LO 1,2,3]

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Workload

The expected workload will consist of approximately 130 hours throughout the semester including:

  • Face-to-face component which may consist of 2 x 1 hour lectures per week (total 24 hours) and 3 hours of practical or workshop session each week (total 36 hours).
  • Approximately 70 hours of self-study which will include preparation for lectures, presentations and other assessment tasks.

Students are expected to actively participate and contribute towards discussions.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

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:
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
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $4110
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $5880
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
6318 26 Jul 2021 02 Aug 2021 31 Aug 2021 29 Oct 2021 In Person N/A

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