The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2019

Course handbook


Microbiology will cover a series of integrated themes including virology, molecular microbiology, microbial biotechnology environmental microbiology, pathogenesis, antibiotic activity and antibiotic resistance.

Availability2019 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2019

Learning outcomes

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

1. Understand the biotechnology processes for which microorganisms can be used and manipulated.

2. Understand the dynamic nature of symbiotic interactions.

3. Understand the problems involved in antimicrobial therapy and the development of new chemicals for the control of microorganisms.

4. Appreciate the application of microbiology to environmental management.


Topics will include:

  1. Evolution and Diversity


  1. Archaea & Proteobacteria
  2. Microbial interactions
  3. Environmental microbiology


  1. Microbial Biotechnology


  1. Virology
  2. Fermentation and degradation
  3. Biotechnology applications for microbiology


  1. Molecular microbiology


  1. Eukaryote
  2. Pathogenesis and antimicrobial strategies
  3. Mobile DNA


Students must have successfully completed BIOL2090 to be enrolled in in this course.

Assumed knowledge


Assessment items

Quiz: On-line Quiz

Written Assignment: Essay/Written Assessment

Formal Examination: Formal Examination

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Tutorial Exercises

Contact hours



Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for 8 Weeks


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 8 Weeks