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Microbiology (BIO246)

Organisational Unit Environmental and Conservation Sciences
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1-internal
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Description The unit provides an introduction to the biology of bacteria, viruses, and fungi with a strong emphasis on developing practical microbiology skills in the laboratory. The interaction of micro-organisms with the environment, human beings, plant and animals is a major focus of this unit. Topics: microbial morphology, taxonomy, culture and growth and genetics; microbes as saprophytes; soil microbiology; microbes as symbionts and as parasites; microbes and human disease; public health and epidemiology; applied microbiology (biological control, food production, antibiotics).
Unit Learning Outcomes 1. Understand the interaction of microbes with the environment, humans, plants and animals
2. Demonstrate understand of the morphology, taxonomy and growth of microbes
3. Demonstrate a basic understanding of the principles of microbial genetics
4. Understand specific roles of microbes (e.g. symbiosis, parasitism, pathogenicity)
5. Demonstrate the core skills required for the study of microbes
6. Demonstrate the ability to use proper aseptic techinque
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 3 x 1 hour per week; laboratories: 4 hours per week.
Unit Learning Experiences The approach to learning in this unit is focussed on providing a broad introduction to the science of microbiology with a strong emphasis on students gaining an understanding of the nature of microorganisms together with the development of safe practical skills with working with microbes. A student successfully completing Microbiology I will have developed skills in microscopy, proper use aseptic techniques for the handling of microorganisms and instruments, and correct use of appropriate microbiological media and laboratory equipment. During the first half of the unit students are introduced to a range of fundamental laboratory skills. A student successfully completing Microbiology I will demonstrate an increased skill level in cognitive processes (including formulation of clear, answerable questions; development of testable hypotheses and experimental protocols) and analysis skills. Communication skills to discuss and present laboratory results will be developed through the written assignments and project report. The group project work in the second half of the unit enables development of interpersonal skills such as effective team work and sharing of tasks, effective time management of complex activities and integration of knowledge to enable informed judgements about microbiology in everyday life.
Assessment Laboratory mark 20%
Mid Semester Exam 15%
Project outline 5%
Project work and report 10%
Final written exam 50%
Prerequisites BIO152 Cell Biology/Foundations of Cell and Molecular Biology/Foundations of Cell Biology
Exclusions Students who have successfully competed BIO263/BIO246 Microbiology 1 cannot enrol in this unit for credit.
Previously 2015: 'Microbiology I'
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Animal Health (BSc) [New in 2015]
Animal Science (BSc) [New in 2014]
Biological Sciences (BSc) [New in 2014]
Biomedical Science (BSc) [New in 2014]
Chemistry (BSc) [New in 2014]
Clinical Laboratory Science (BSc) [New in 2015]
Conservation and Wildlife Biology (BSc) [New in 2014]
Crop and Pasture Science (BSc) [New in 2016]
Engineering Technology (BSc) [New in 2014]
Environmental Management and Sustainability (BSc) [New in 2014]
Environmental Science (BSc) [New in 2014]
Forensic Biology and Toxicology (BSc) [New in 2014]
Genetics and Molecular Biology (BSc) [New in 2014]
Laboratory Medicine (BSc/BLabMed) [New in 2016]
Marine Biology (BSc) [New in 2017]
Marine Science (BSc) [New in 2014]
Mathematics and Statistics (BSc) [New in 2014]
Mineral Science (BSc) [New in 2014]
Physics and Nanotechnology (BSc) [New in 2014]
Sport and Health Science (BSc) [New in 2014]
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


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