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Undergraduate | RMI-SCB200 | 2024

Get close to good and bad microorganisms. Reveal the bacteria that’s important to people, and expose pathogens. Grow skills about microorganisms that inhabit, create or contaminate food, used in industrial processes or found in the natural environment

Study method
Online & on-campus
Subject may require attendance
Enrol by
19 May 2024
Entry requirements
Part of a degree
13 weeks
Start dates
27 May 2024

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About this subject

  • 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. Describe characteristics, taxonomy, and classification of bacteria and other microorganisms of importance to humans, and apply this knowledge to various microbiology fields (such as medicine & health, environment, and food industries).
    2. Isolate and identify bacteria and other microorganisms, applying knowledge of specific microbial characteristics for detection, prevention and control.
    3. Perform microbiology laboratory skills safely and carefully, and demonstrate knowledge of hazards, their prevention and safety.
    4. Work effectively and cooperatively in small groups.
    5. Critically analyse and discuss the results of laboratory investigation into selected case studies demonstrating creativity, initiative and a high level of autonomy.
    6. Communicate clearly and effectively via oral and written approaches using the proper scientific language in the field. 

Entry requirements

To enrol in this subject, you must be admitted into a degree.

Prior study

To help set you up for success before you start this subject, we suggest completing or having equivalent knowledge in:

  • RMI-SCB140-Introduction to Microbiology, Immunology and Genetics (no longer available)

Additional requirements

  • Attendance requirements - Includes four half days of mandatory laboratory exercises at RMIT University, Melbourne Mandatory lab practicals are scheduled to run for this subject at the RMIT City Campus (Melbourne, Australia). Practical dates For SP2: 1 July - 4 July (4 half days from 9 am - 12 am)
  • Other requirements - 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.

Study load

0.125 EFTSL
This is in the range of 10 to 12 hours of study each week.

Equivalent full time study load (EFTSL) is one way to calculate your study load. One (1.0) EFTSL is equivalent to a full-time study load for one year.

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