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|
|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|
|Location||Study period||Attendance options||Available to|
- International students
- Domestic students
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- 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.
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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.
|Assessment||Mid-semester test (10%)|Scientific Report on Sub-project 3 (15%)|Completed Practical schedule (5%)|Final Exam (40%)|Scientific Report on Sub-projects 1 and 2 (15%)|Bacterial Diversity Seminar (15%)|
|Timetable||View the lecture timetable | View the full unit timetable|
Madigan, M.T. and Martinko, J.M., Brock: Biology of Microorganisms current or past edition.
|Links||Booktopia textbook finder|
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