Introduction to Microbiology, Immunology and Genetics - 2016

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Unit summary

SCB140

  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 1
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
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  • Availability for 2016: SP3 , SP4
  • Availability for 2017: SP3 , SP4
  • Assessment: Invigilated Exam (55%) , Practicum - and problem solving sheets (25%) - Learn more

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This unit introduces the interrelated topics of genetics, immunology and microbiology. It covers the structure, replication and colonial growth of a range of micro-organisms of significance to health, industry and the environment. It also explores the methods used to examine, isolate, transfer and culture micro-organisms in safety. You will study this in reference to the mammalian immune system and its reactions in health and disease. You will study inheritance, genetic transmission, Mendelian inheritance, Mendelian principles in humans, the chromosomal basis of inheritance and gene mutations.

Please note the dates below for the compulsory requirements for this unit to attend laboratory classes at RMIT University's City Campus in central Melbourne:

2016, Study Period 3:

  • Oct 24 - 28, 2016 - 9:30am - 12:30pm

2016, Study Period 4:

  • Feb 13 - 17, 2017 - 9:30am - 12:30pm

This unit is intended to be an introduction to the inter-related topics of genetics, immunology and microbiology.

In microbiology and immunology, the unit is designed to provide students with an understanding at a basic level of the structure, replication and colonial growth of a wide range of micro-organisms (including viruses) of significance to health, industry and the environment: to introduce them to the methods used to examine, isolate, transfer and culture micro-organisms features and functions to the mammalian immune system and its reactions in health and disease. In genetics, the unit seeks to provide information to allow students to understand the processes and mechanisms which determine the inheritance of traits in biological organisms. We will use the current understanding of the molecular and chromosomal mechanisms which determine the inheritance as a reference point. We will also provide historical insight into how the current understanding of the processes developed, drawing on experiments of Mendel, Morgan and others. Topics include, but are not limited to, the molecular basis of inheritance, principles of genetic transmission - Mendelian inheritance, chromosomal basis of inheritance, gene mutations.

It is intended to cover the capabilities of: knowledge, technical expertise, critical analysis and problem solving, communication, personal and professional awareness, and independent and integrated practice.

This unit will develop the graduate capabilities of knowledge (of genes, mammalian immunology and microbiology), critical analysis and problem solving (relating to genetics and how genetic traits are inherited in biological systems, sterilisation and disinfection, the principles behind safe working procedures for isolating, growing and identifying microbes) and technical ability in application of these principles in practical situations. Successful completion of this unit will enable students to understand safe work practices in microbiology and have competency in basic microbiological technique

The unit seeks to develop in the student;

  1. an awareness of ubiquitousness and diversity of micro-organisms
  2. an understanding of the methods and applications of sterilisation, disinfection and prevention of diseases caused by micro-organisms
  3. knowledge of the physical nature of inheritance of traits and a detailed understanding of the mechanisms of gene expression and the development of an organisms phenotype, including both microbes and multicellular organisms
  4. an understanding of how genetic variation can arise, both at the phenotypic, chromosomal and molecular level and an understanding of the environmental factors that can lead to increased incidence of these mutation processes.
  5. skills that will enable the student to solve genetic problems, by teaching the student to infer, drawing on their understanding of genetic mechanisms to develop hypotheses to explain modes of inheritance at a genetic and molecular level and to know how these hypotheses may be tested using appropriate statistical methodologies.
  6. an understanding of the mechanisms of microbial challenge in mammals and the immunological responses in the host
  7. through a solid basis of understanding the biochemical and molecular genetics, a knowledge of, and ability to articulate to others, the basis of the basic methods used in molecular biology and biotechnology
  8. knowledge of the types of immune cells and their diversity in mammals
  9. the necessary foundation knowledge in microbiology and immunology to understand and interpret the latest rapidly emerging advances in the areas of disease prevention and control, including vaccine development.

Assessment:

The assessment will be combined in the proportions of 60% microbiology and immunology and 40% genetics.

Passing the practical component is a hurdle for passing this unit.

Textbook:

The genetics textbook is a mandatory prerequisite for this unit. The microbiology text comes with an online tutorial system, although this text is prescribed, it is not mandatory.

  • Invigilated Exam (55%)
  • Practicum — and problem solving sheets (25%)
  • Quizzes (20%)
For more information on invigilated exams see Exams and results

Recommended prerequisites

You are recommended to have completed the following unit(s) or have equivalent knowledge before starting this unit:

  • Broadband access
  • Some on campus attendance — You must pass the final exam and the microbiology practical component of this unit to pass the entire unit. The final exam mark only counts if you pass the microbiology practical component. The practical component is held over 5 consecutive mornings of one week and attendance at the RMIT University practical Laboratories on the City Campus during that week is compulsory.

This unit addresses the following topics.

NumberTopic
1Introducing Microbiology
2Structure and Function of Microbes
3Growing Microbes in the Laboratory
4Interactions of Microbes and other Organisms
5Control of Microbial Growth
6Overview of the Specific Immune Response
7Natural and Acquired Immunity, Immunodeficiency
8Serology and Applications of Immunology
9The molecular basis of inheritance
10Principles of genetic transmission- Mendelian inhe
11Mendelian principles in humans
12Chromosomal basis of inheritance
13Gene mutations

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Online materials

  • Audio/Video - Streaming
  • Online Assessment
  • Quizzes
  • Resources and Links

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a unit.

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