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This unit will introduce you to five key concepts of applied microbiology in the context of fermentation and separation industries.  These concepts are microbial evolution, cell structure and function, metabolic pathways, information flow and genetics, and microbial systems.  You will learn how these concepts are applied in various fermentation processes.  In addition, you will investigate the importance of microorganisms in product safety and quality control.  Your learning will involve development of fundamental conceptual knowledge with practical work taking place primarily in a lab-based setting.

In addition, this unit builds on concepts of learning through practice in Year 1 of study by introducing you to more complex learning experiences.

You will be introduced to:

- discipline-based skills and knowledge in dynamic practice situations. This will include authentic and purposeful, industry-related experiences

- concepts of managing effective relationships and communicating with others

- the development and use of adaptive leadership skills and how these skills relate to innovative and entrepreneurial practice

- the nature of responsible, accountable and reflective workplace skills, and creative and critical thinking relevant to para-professional practice.

You will exercise self-awareness, initiative and judgement to manage yourself and professional relationships effectively. The application of tacit knowledge and capabilities will be reflected in a Practice Manual.

Summary 2020

Unit name Applied Microbiology
Unit code ZAS121
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School University College
Discipline Applied Science

Janelle Brown

Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No



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Learning Outcomes

  1. Explain key microbiological concepts using applicable scientific terminology and industry relevant examples
  2. Use microbiological tools and laboratory techniques to conduct applied microbiological studies
  3. Analyse and interpret microbiological data to solve industry- related problems
  4. Evaluate own technical practice and generate plans for self-development



Teaching Pattern
  • Lectures online
  • Tutorials 1-2hrs per week
  • Labs/field trips/workshops: up to 6 days per term

AT1: Practical investigation of a microorganism (30%)

AT2: Laboratory Report (35%)

AT3: Microbial Profile (35%)

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