Warning! This subjects requires on campus attendance. Refer to Special Requirements for more information.
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
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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:
- 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).
- Isolate and identify bacteria and other microorganisms, applying knowledge of specific microbial characteristics for detection, prevention and control.
- Perform microbiology laboratory skills safely and carefully, and demonstrate knowledge of hazards, their prevention and safety.
- Work effectively and cooperatively in small groups.
- Critically analyse and discuss the results of laboratory investigation into selected case studies demonstrating creativity, initiative and a high level of autonomy.
- Communicate clearly and effectively via oral and written approaches using the proper scientific language in the field.
- 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
You are recommended to have completed the following subjects(s) or have equivalent knowledge before starting this subject:
- Attendance requirements - Microbiology SCB200 usually includes on campus practicals, but in SP2 2021 all the practical activities for this course will be delivered online due to COVID 19 lock down.
- 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.
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.
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.
- Practical assessments (40%)
- Invigilated exam (50%)
- 2 x 5% online tests (10%)
Current study term: 29 May 22 to 28 Aug 22
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