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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

Faculty/College

Faculty of Health

Pre-requisites

BIOL2007 - Biochemistry

Unit aim

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

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:
1 explain concepts of microbiology including growth, metabolism, transmission, and classification of microorganisms
2 identify and describe the differences between common species of bacteria, fungi, protozoa, helminths and viruses
3 discuss the application of microorganisms in biotechnology, including DNA recombinant technologies commonly employed in medical and research industries
4 discuss the principles of microbial disease and pathogenicity, host-microbe interactions and epidemiology
5 safely employ microbiological techniques, and interpret and analyse microbiological data in the biomedical setting.

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

  1. explain concepts of microbiology including growth, metabolism, transmission, and classification of microorganisms
  2. identify and describe the differences between common species of bacteria, fungi, protozoa, helminths and viruses
  3. discuss the application of microorganisms in biotechnology, including DNA recombinant technologies commonly employed in medical and research industries
  4. discuss the principles of microbial disease and pathogenicity, host-microbe interactions and epidemiology
  5. safely employ microbiological techniques, and interpret and analyse microbiological data in the biomedical setting.

Prescribed texts

  • No prescribed texts.
Prescribed texts may change in future teaching periods.