The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2019

Course handbook

Description

Microbiology is the fundamental biological science that studies microscopic single-celled organisms including bacteria, archaea, protists, fungi, and viruses. An understanding of the structure, life-cycle, metabolism and growth of microbes is essential for further study in a variety of biological sciences including genetics, ecology, evolution, health and biotechnology. Knowledge of microbes also has important applications in environmental sciences, agriculture, food production and safety. This course provides students with a foundation in microbial biology, sufficient for further study in a range of disciplines and necessary for continued studies in microbiology and biotechnology.


Availability2019 Course Timetables

Callaghan

  • Semester 2 - 2019

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Describe the diversity and characteristics of microorganisms;

2. Apply knowledge of the physio-chemical factors to the growth of microorganisms;

3. Characterise beneficial and pathological interactions of microorganisms with the human body;

4. Link principles and theory of microbial genetics to applications in biotechnology;

5. Explain how food production, spoilage and disease transmission is orchestrated by microorganisms;

6. Communicate scientific concepts in written form using appropriate terminology;


Content

Topics will include:

1. Microbial diversity and growth

  • Major groups (virus, bacteria, eukaryote)
  • Cell structure
  • Metabolism and growth

2. Microbial interactions with the human body

  • Normal microbiota
  • Probiotics
  • Microbial infections and Antimicrobials
  • Microbiology of food

3. Microbial genetics

  • DNA as the genetic material and its replications
  • Mutations and repair
  • Gene transfer mechanisms

Assumed knowledge

BIOL1001 and BIOL1002; OR BIOL1040 and BIOL1070.


Assessment items

Quiz: Module Competency assessment/ Quizzes - On-line

Written Assignment: Tutorial Assignment

Formal Examination: Exam

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Tutorial Exercise


Contact hours

Callaghan

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