Microbial Biology

Course code BIOL2090Units 10Level 2000Faculty of Science and Information TechnologySchool of Environmental and Life Sciences

This course is a general microbiology course. It covers basic microbiological concepts and techniques to include Microbial Diversity and Growth, Microbial Interactions within the Human Body, and Microbial Genetics.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 2
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesOn satisfactory completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and attitudes to:

1 Understand the general diversity and characteristics of microorganisms;
2 Thoroughly understand the physio-chemical factors that determine microbial growth;
3 Be familiar with the interaction of microorganisms with the human body;
4 Apply knowledge of microorganisms to an understanding of common pathological disease processes;
5 Understand microbial metabolism and growth;
6 Demonstrate knowledge of microbial genetics and have an informed understanding towards the importance of microbes to gene technology;
7 Demonstrate a knowledge of the concept of probiotics and an awareness of how microorganisms are important in the maintenance of good health;
8 Demonstrate a knowledge of the importance of microorganisms in food production, spoilage and disease transmission.
ContentTopics will include:
1 Microbial diversity and growth
a Major groups (virus, bacteria, eukaryote)
b Cell structure
c Metabolism and growth

2 Microbial interactions with the human body
a Normal microbiota
b Probiotics
c Microbial infections and Antimicrobials
d Microbiology of food

3 Microbial genetics
a DNA as the genetic material and its replications
b Mutations and repair
c Gene transfer mechanisms
Replacing Course(s)NA
TransitionNo Longer required for FSHN program. Those students will take FSHN2010.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeBIOL1001 and BIOL1002
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Assessment Items
Essays / Written Assignments
Examination: Formal
Quiz - Tutorial
Contact HoursTutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Lecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for BIOL2090