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General Microbiology JFA214


Microbiology is the study of single-celled organisms and viruses, which are ubiquitous on Earth and which are intimately involved in our lives, with both good and bad effects. General Microbiology is an introductory unit that gives students an overview of microbes, particularly bacteria, as well as specific skills in handling and using microbial cultures. You will gain knowledge that you can apply to control microbial growth in order to maximise the benefits of microbes whilst limiting their disadvantages. You are expected to be actively involved in your learning, which enhances not only your knowledge and understanding of microbiology, but also helps you to develop learning skills useful for future study. Practical classes take the form of a directed research project closely integrated with the theory course.


Unit name General Microbiology
Unit code JFA214
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
Institute for Marine & Antarctic Studies
Discipline Fisheries and Aquaculture
Coordinator Mr Mike Williams
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Intermediate


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Launceston Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 20/2/2023 21/3/2023 10/4/2023 28/5/2023

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Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate and apply theoretical knowledge of microbial structure, taxonomy, metabolism and pathogenicity to interpret common or topical microbiological issues affecting human life.
  • Choose appropriate methods from the microbiology manual, execute these and then evaluate your skill in carrying them out to identify and study the characteristics of unknown cultures.
  • Communicate microbiological concepts via academic writing by: a. integrating information from scientific literature b. describing your practical project and its results c. referencing these information sources d. adhering to English conventions.
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
010911 $1,037.00 $1,037.00 not applicable $2,618.00

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Teaching Pattern

This unit consists of weekly lectures of 2 hours duration and weekly practicals of 3 hours duration. Students are expected to attend all lecture and practical sessions.

AssessmentCompleted Practical schedule (5%)|Mid-semester test (10%)|Bacterial Diversity Seminar (15%)|Scientific Report on Sub-project 3 (15%)|Scientific Report on Sub-projects 1 and 2 (15%)|Final Exam (40%)
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Madigan, M.T. and Martinko, J.M.,  Brock: Biology of Microorganisms current or past edition.

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