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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Intermediate

Pre-requisites

CHE00002 - Biochemistry

Unit aim

Introduces students to the concepts, principles and techniques of microbiology. Students gain an understanding of the biochemical, morphological and genetic diversity of microbes, supported by practical skills, including staining, aseptic techniques, handling and manipulating microbes.

Unit content

  • Foundation concepts of microbiology and an introduction to microorganisms, including an overview of Prokaryotes and Eukaryotes.
  • Principles of microbial genetics, metabolism, and growth, and their relevance to infection control and biotechnology.
  • Bacterial survey, and the classification of fungi, algae, protozoa, helminths, viruses, viroids, and prions.
  • Principles of infectious disease, epidemiology, and microbial pathogenicity, including the associated role of antimicrobial drugs.

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 explain basic concepts of microbiology including the factors that affect microbial growth and transmission, the classification of microorganisms and the basic differences between bacteria, fungi, parasites and viruses Intellectual rigour Knowledge of a discipline
2 demonstrate competence with microbiological laboratory techniques including use of the microscope, bacterial staining and visualisation techniques Intellectual rigour Knowledge of a discipline
3 correctly identify common species of bacteria and fungi Intellectual rigour Knowledge of a discipline
4 demonstrate skills for gathering and reporting credible scientific information Intellectual rigour Ethical practice Knowledge of a discipline
5 demonstrate the practical skills needed to work efficiently and safely in a microbiology laboratory Knowledge of a discipline

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. explain basic concepts of microbiology including the factors that affect microbial growth and transmission, the classification of microorganisms and the basic differences between bacteria, fungi, parasites and viruses
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  2. demonstrate competence with microbiological laboratory techniques including use of the microscope, bacterial staining and visualisation techniques
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  3. correctly identify common species of bacteria and fungi
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  4. demonstrate skills for gathering and reporting credible scientific information
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA3: Ethical practice
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  5. demonstrate the practical skills needed to work efficiently and safely in a microbiology laboratory
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline