Introduces students to the concepts, principles and techniques of microbiology. Students learn practical skills such as staining, aseptic techniques, handling and manipulating microbes and they gain an understanding of the biochemical, morphological and genetic diversity of microbes. This unit provides students with the essential knowledge and skills in microbiology.
Topic 1: Basic Principles of microscopy and staining
Topic 2: Prokaryotic and eukaryotic cell structure
Topic 3: Microbial growth and metabolism
Topic 4: Microbial systematics
Topic 5: Microbial diversity
Topic 6: Control of microorganisms
Topic 7: Industrial and applied microbiology
Topic 8: Microbial genetics including conjugation, transformation, transduction and transposition; and an introduction to the use of prokaryotes in genetic engineering.
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.
Learning outcomes and graduate attributes
|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|
Teaching and assessment
Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2016 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 2
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