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.
- 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.
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||discuss and safely employ microbiological techniques in the biomedical setting||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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