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.
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.
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 growth, metabolism, transmission, and classification of microorganisms||Knowledge of a discipline|
|2||identify and describe the differences between common species of bacteria, fungi, protozoa, helminths and viruses||Knowledge of a discipline|
|3||discuss the application of microorganisms in biotechnology, including DNA recombinant technologies commonly employed in medical and research industries||Ethical practice||Knowledge of a discipline|
|4||discuss the principles of microbial disease and pathogenicity, host-microbe interactions and epidemiology||Knowledge of a discipline|
|5||employ safe and effective laboratory practices in performing microbiological techniques, and discuss their applications in medical diagnosis and biomedical research||Knowledge of a discipline|
- Tortora, GJ, Funke, BR & Case, CL, 2016, Microbiology: An Introduction, 12th edn, Pearson Education Ltd, USA. ISBN: 978-1-292-09914-9.
Teaching and assessment
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