Courses & Units

Microbiology (Marine) KLA200



This unit should not be taken by students wishing to enrol in 3rd year units Medical Microbiology and Advanced Immunology (CJA313 and CJA314). The correct pre-requisite for those units is KLA210 Microbiology.

This unit is subject to capping. Students undertaking the Bachelor of Marine and Antarctic Science have preferential enrolment.

Students who have undertaken any first year unit in the Biological Sciences not listed in the pre-requisites should contact the Unit Co-ordinator to discuss possible entry to the unit.


Provides students with a basic knowledge of microbiology including bacteria, archaea and viruses. The unit considers the place of microorganisms in the evolution of life on earth, their structure, chemistry, biology and ecology, and consideration of their role in disease, ecosystems, food production and biotechnology. The unit features a component of marine microbiology lectures that cover the roles played by microbes and viruses in different oceanographic zones and distinct marine ecosystems, including provision of environmental services, food webs, functional diversity and impact on climate. The practical component provides students with skills in the cultivation and identification of bacteria as well as an introduction to techniques in molecular microbiology, and includes specific components relating to isolation and identification of marine bacteria.


Unit name Microbiology (Marine)
Unit code KLA200
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Sciences and Engineering
Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture
Discipline Agriculture and Food Systems

Lyndal Mellefont

Teaching staff

Tom Ross, John Bowman and Shane Powell

Level Intermediate
Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No


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


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 24/2/2020 23/3/2020 31/5/2020 31/5/2020

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2020 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2020 will be available from the 1st October 2019.

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Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
2 2020: $1,190.00 2020: $2,783.00 050199

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KZA161 or KPA161 or KPZ164 or KRA113 or KRA114 or KRA121 or CHG105

Mutual Exclusions

You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:

KLA210 and JFA214 (M,Excl)


Teaching Pattern

26 lectures, 13x3hr practical classes


3-hour theory exam (60%), practical test (30%), weekly assignments (10%)

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