Microbial Biology

Description

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.

Availability

Callaghan Campus

  • Semester 2 - 2015

Learning Outcomes

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.

Content

Topics will include:

  1. Microbial diversity and growth

 

  1. Major groups (virus, bacteria, eukaryote)
  2. Cell structure
  3. Metabolism and growth

 

  1. Microbial interactions with the human body

 

  1. Normal microbiota
  2. Probiotics
  3. Microbial infections and Antimicrobials
  4. Microbiology of food

 

  1. Microbial genetics

 

  1. DNA as the genetic material and its replications
  2. Mutations and repair
  3. Gene transfer mechanisms

Assumed Knowledge

BIOL1001 and BIOL1002

Assessment Items

Quiz: Module Competency assessment/ Quiz - On-line

Essay: Review Essay

Formal Examination: Exam

Contact Hours

Lecture

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Tutorial

Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term