Unit description

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

Topic 1: Foundation concepts of microbiology and an introduction to microorganisms.

Topic 2: Microscopy and an overview of Prokaryote and Eukaryote structure and function.

Topic 3: Microbial metabolism; principles of enzyme reaction tests for bacterial identification.

Topic 4: Microbial growth; principles of microbial cultures.

Topic 5: Control of microbial growth; principles of antibiotic susceptibility.

Topic 6: Microbial genetics and its application in biotechnology and DNA technology.

Topic 7: Classification of microorganisms.

Topic 8: The Prokaryotes – Bacterial survey.

Topic 9: The Eukaryotes – Fungi, Algae, Protozoa and Helminths.

Topic 10: Viruses, Viroids and Prions.

Topic 11 Principles of disease and epidemiology.

Topic 12: Microbial pathogenicity and 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.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 2

  • Tortora, GJ, Funke, BR & Case, CL, 2016, Microbiology: An Introduction, 12th edn, Pearson Education Ltd, USA. ISBN: 978-1-292-09914-9.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Gold Coast

Teaching method
Workshop on-site 2 hrs (week 13)
Lecture online 1 hr 40 mins/wk (12 wks)
Workshop on-site 1 hr (Wks 4,6,9,11)
Laboratory session 4 hrs (Wks 2,4,6,9)
Competency Check10%
Exam: closed book60%

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

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Fee information


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