Microbiology 1 - 2016

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 2
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Web Dependent
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
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  • Availability for 2016: SP3
  • Availability for 2017: SP3
  • Assessment: Assessments - Practical assessments (40%) , Invigilated Exam (50%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 1,864.00
International 2,114.00

This unit follows on from the introductory studies in microbiology undertaken in SCB140 Introduction to Microbiology, Immunology and Genetics. Your study will increase your depth of knowledge and practical skills in microbiology with emphasis on microorganisms of importance to humans. Topics covered in lectures include microbial ecology, bacterial growth and metabolism, microbial genetics, taxonomy of bacteria, mycology, parasitology and virology. There is also an emphasis on bacteria of importance to humans and the unit covers medically important pathogens and organisms relevant to the fields of food, industrial and environmental microbiology. 

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. These practicals are a hurdle and attendance is mandatory in order to pass the unit:

Study Period 3:

  •  Nov 14 - 18, 2016 - 9am - 1pm

In practical class you will study the key characteristics used in identification of important bacteria.  You will also cover basic techniques in mycology and some tools used in environmental monitoring.

The capabilities developed in this unit include: Knowledge, basic technical expertise, critical analysis, written communication skills and professional awareness of important medical and industrial microorganisms.

On successful completion of the unit students will:

  1. Have basic knowledge of bacterial growth, metabolism and genetics, taxonomy and the key characteristics of the medically and industrially important bacteria including detection, prevention and control.
  2. Basic technical expertise in isolating and identifying bacteria in the laboratory.
  3. Appreciate the hazards associated with handling bacteria in the laboratory and the relevant safety requirements.
  4. Appreciate scientific English and be able to present written scientific and laboratory reports
  • Assessments — Practical assessments (40%)
  • Invigilated Exam (50%)
  • Test — 2 x 5% online tests (10%)
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:

  • Additional materials — Laboratory Pracitcal manual and bacterial identification tables need to be printed or purchased at practicals
  • Other special requirement — Practical assessments will include a self-directed learning test, 2 practical assignments and a final open book written test - submission of the 2 written assessment tasks is a mandatory requirement for this course.
  • Some on campus attendance — Mandatory attendance at Practical classes of five half days in Melbourne - mandatory

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Introduction to Microbiology
2Bacterial Anatomy and Growth and Metabolism
3Molecular Biology and Microbial Genetics
4Microbial evolution & Bacterial Taxonomy
5Microbial interactions with humans
6Antimicrobial agents and growth control
7Other unusual bacteria & Eukaryotic microorganisms - Parasitology
8Eukaryotic microorganisms - Mycology
9Food Microbes - 'the good and the bad'
10Environmental Microbiology
11Industrial Microbiology

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  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.
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