- Class Number 6318
- Term Code 3160
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- Prof Peter Solomon
- Dr Denisse Leyton
- Prof Peter Solomon
- Prof Ulrike Mathesius
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 26/07/2021
- Class End Date 29/10/2021
- Census Date 14/09/2021
- Last Date to Enrol 02/08/2021
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.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- 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
- Explain the basic genetic systems of bacteria, bacteriophage and plasmids
- Explain the role of microorganisms in food production and preservation, and their ability to cause food-borne infections
- Demonstrate practical skills in fundamental microbiological techniques
- 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
All lecturers involved in teaching the course are international experts in their specific field of research. In one practical of the course, you will assess the rate of killing of two test organisms by different commercially available domestic disinfectants, in the presence and absence of organic matter. Furthermore, as part of writing reports for practicals, you will search and read recent research articles related to a particular practical topic.
Additional Course Costs
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is required in all wet labs. A lab coat will be provided to every student to be used only for this course. Safety glasses must be purchased. You must wear closed shoes to be admitted to the laboratory.
BIOL2142/6142 lab manual is available to print from the Practical module in Wattle. All students must have a printed hardcopy of the practical they are undertaking each prac day.
Prescribed texts: Prescott’s Microbiology by Willey, Sandman and Wood, McGraw-Hill (11th Edition)
A number of other microbiology texts are held in Hancock library.
Microbiology: Fundamentals and Applications by Atlas
Brock Biology of Microorganisms by Madigan et al.
Microbiology: Dynamics and Diversity by Perry and Staley
In relation to general reading, students are encouraged to search current and earlier issues of Annual Review of Microbiology, Trends in Microbiology, Microbiological Reviews, Science and Nature.
Recommended student system requirements
ANU courses commonly use a number of online resources and activities including:
- video material, similar to YouTube, for lectures and other instruction
- two-way video conferencing for interactive learning
- email and other messaging tools for communication
- interactive web apps for formative and collaborative activities
- print and photo/scan for handwritten work
- home-based assessment.
To fully participate in ANU learning, students need:
- A computer or laptop. Mobile devices may work well but in some situations a computer/laptop may be more appropriate.
- Speakers and a microphone (e.g. headset)
- Reliable, stable internet connection. Broadband recommended. If using a mobile network or wi-fi then check performance is adequate.
- Suitable location with minimal interruptions and adequate privacy for classes and assessments.
- Printing, and photo/scanning equipment
For more information please see https://www.anu.edu.au/students/systems/recommended-student-system-requirements
Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
- Written comments
- Verbal comments
- Feedback to the whole class, to groups, to individuals, focus groups
- Students are encouraged to ask questions during and after lectures. The convenor and demonstrators are available in each practical session to provide feedback on any aspect of the course content.
Student FeedbackANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.
This course has been adjusted for remote participation. On campus and remote participants will need to complete alternative assessment tasks as outlined below:
Assessment tasks 2 (10%) and 3 (50%) must be completed by all students.
Assessment task 1 (40%) must be completed by students who are attending on campus activities.
Assessment tasks 4 (20%) and 5 (20%) must be completed by students who are participating remotely.
Students participating remotely must identify themselves to the course convener in the first week of class.
|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|2||2 lectures, 1 practical class, 1 tutorial/quiz|
|3||2 lectures, 1 practical class, 1 tutorial/quiz|
|4||2 lectures, 1 practical class, 1 tutorial/quiz|
|5||2 lectures, 1 practical class, 1 tutorial/quiz||Practical report 10%|
|6||2 lectures, 1 practical class, 1 tutorial/quiz||Practical report 10%|
|7||2 lectures, 1 practical class, 1 tutorial/quiz|
|8||2 lectures, 1 practical class, 1 tutorial/quiz|
|9||2 lectures, 1 practical class, 1 tutorial/quiz|
|10||2 lectures, 1 practical class, 1 tutorial/quiz||Practical report 10%|
|11||2 lectures, 1 practical class, 1 tutorial/quiz||Practical report 10%|
|12||2 lectures, 1 practical class, 1 tutorial/quiz|
|13||Optional tutorial during Exam period||Exam|
|Assessment task||Value||Due Date||Return of assessment||Learning Outcomes|
|Practical Reports (on-campus students only)||40 %||*||*||1,4,5|
|Tuturial Quizzes (All students)||10 %||*||*||1,2,3|
|Final Exam (All students)||50 %||04/11/2021||02/12/2021||1,2,3|
|Literature review (Remote students only)||20 %||11/10/2011||29/10/2021||1,2,3|
|Prac reports from "Dry" pracs (Remote students only)||20 %||*||*||1,4,5|
* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details
PoliciesANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:
Assessment RequirementsThe ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website Students may choose not to submit assessment items through Turnitin. In this instance you will be required to submit, alongside the assessment item itself, hard copies of all references included in the assessment item.
Moderation of AssessmentMarks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.
You must attend all practical sessions or complete the remote option where practicals are replaced with other practical-related activities.
Students must pass the exam to pass the course.
Please note, that where a date range is used in the Assessment Summary in relation to exams, the due date and return date for mid-semester exams indicate the approximate timeframe in which the exam will be held; the due and return date for end of semester exams indicate the approximate timeframe in which the exam will be held and the date official end of Semester results are released on ISIS. Students should consult the course wattle site and the ANU final examination timetable to confirm the date, time and venue of the exam.
Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 1,4,5
Practical Reports (on-campus students only)
For on-campus students only
Three written reports of laboratory practical class, showing an understanding of lab skills, experimental design, concise reporting and scientific writing. Details of tasks are included in the practical manual. Further instructions will be given in the practical class for each task.
Report 1: Due Week 5 (10%)
Report 2: Due Week 6 (10%)
Report 3: Due Week 10 (10%)
Report 4: Due Week 11 (10%)
There are four reports due over the semester. It is intended that the marked reports will be returned within 2 weeks after submission. Further details can be found on the Course Wattle site.
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3
Tuturial Quizzes (All students)
For all students
Online quizzes will be held in the 2nd half of the tutorial sessions each week (starting from week 2). These will cover the lecture material from the week the tutorial is held. Each quiz will be open for 30 mins and are worth 0.91% each (10% in total over the semester).
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3
Final Exam (All students)
For all students
An exam comprising short answer and multiple choice questions. Please check published ANU exam timetable for date and time.
Assessment Task 4
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3
Literature review (Remote students only)
Remote students only
A 1500 word literature review will be due at the start of week 10. The review will be focussed on a current technique relevant to microbiology.
Assessment Task 5
Learning Outcomes: 1,4,5
Prac reports from "Dry" pracs (Remote students only)
Remote students only
Remote students will be asked to prepare practical reports from the data supplied within the prac manual for Experiment 3 (Microbial growth) and Experiment 6A (Microbial genetics). Each report will be worth 10% of the total course mark (20% in total).
Academic IntegrityAcademic integrity is a core part of our culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically. This means that all members of the community commit to honest and responsible scholarly practice and to upholding these values with respect and fairness. The Australian National University commits to embedding the values of academic integrity in our teaching and learning. We ensure that all members of our community understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with. The University has policies and procedures in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Visit the following Academic honesty & plagiarism website for more information about academic integrity and what the ANU considers academic misconduct. The ANU offers a number of services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. The Academic Skills and Learning Centre offers a number of workshops and seminars that you may find useful for your studies.
Online SubmissionThe ANU uses Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.
Hardcopy SubmissionFor some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.
Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.
Referencing RequirementsAccepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.
Marked assignments will usually be returned through Wattle.
Extensions and PenaltiesExtensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure The Course Convener may grant extensions for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.
Resubmission of Assignments
No resubmission of assignments is permitted.
Distribution of grades policyAcademic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes. Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.
Support for studentsThe University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).
- ANU Health, safety & wellbeing for medical services, counselling, mental health and spiritual support
- ANU Diversity and inclusion for students with a disability or ongoing or chronic illness
- ANU Dean of Students for confidential, impartial advice and help to resolve problems between students and the academic or administrative areas of the University
- ANU Academic Skills and Learning Centre supports you make your own decisions about how you learn and manage your workload.
- ANU Counselling Centre promotes, supports and enhances mental health and wellbeing within the University student community.
- ANUSA supports and represents undergraduate and ANU College students
- PARSA supports and represents postgraduate and research students
Dr Denisse Leyton
Prof Peter Solomon