Available in 2018

Course handbook


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.

Availability2018 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2018

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able 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.


Topics 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


Assumed knowledge

BIOL1001 and BIOL1002; OR BIOL1040 and BIOL1070.

Assessment items

Quiz: Module Competency assessment/ Quizzes - On-line

Written Assignment: Tutorial Assisgnment

Formal Examination: Exam

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Tutorial Exercise

Contact hours



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


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