- Code BIOL2142
- Unit Value 6 units
- 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
In Sem 2 2022, this course is on campus with remote adjustments only for participants with unavoidable travel restrictions/visa delays.
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.
Honours Pathway Option (HPO):
Students who undertake the HPO will develop strong oral presentation skills and an understanding of techniques that are changing biology and medicine. They will be assessed by a 15 minute oral presentation on a cutting edge microbial genetics technique.
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
- Mid-term multiple-choice test (20) [LO 1,2,3]
- Four written reports of laboratory practical class (40) [LO 1,4,5]
- Final examination comprising short answer questions (40) [LO 1,2,3]
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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.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Willey, J. Prescott, Harley, and Klein's Microbiology (latest ed.) McGraw-Hill.
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