Subject details

  • Topics
    • Introduction to Microbiology
    • Bacterial Anatomy and Growth and Metabolism
    • Molecular Biology and Microbial Genetics
    • Microbial evolution & Bacterial Taxonomy
    • Microbial interactions with humans
    • Antimicrobial agents and growth control
    • Other unusual bacteria & Eukaryotic microorganisms - Parasitology
    • Eukaryotic microorganisms - Mycology
    • Food Microbes - 'the good and the bad'
    • Environmental Microbiology
    • Industrial Microbiology
    • Virology

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

On successful completion of the subject 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.
  • Assignment 1 - Practical assessments (40%)
  • Assignment 2 - (50%)
  • Assignment 3 - 2 x 5% online tests (10%)

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 subject

Entry Requirements

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

Special requirements

  • AttendanceDetails - Mandatory attendance at Practical classes of five half days in Melbourne - mandatory Laboratory Practical manual and bacterial identification tables need to be printed or purchased at practicals
  • OtherDetails -

    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. 

This subject 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 subject 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 subject 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 subject:

Study Period 3:

  • TBA

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.

More details will be provided at the commencement of the relevant Study Period and available on Blackboard.

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