Courses & Units

Microbiology KLA210



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.


Microbiology is the study of microorganisms- how they work and their role in our world. Microorganisms encompass huge diversity and include bacteria, viruses, fungi and single-celled animals and algae. Although not visible to the naked eye, microorganisms have a profound effect on our world. They are fundamental to the basic nutrient and biogeochemical cycles that underpin life on Earth; they cause infectious diseases, including diseases of crops and farmed animals; and they are used to make foods and a vast array of chemicals used in agriculture, food processing, mining and other industries. Importantly, the study of microorganisms can tell us much about the origin and history of life, and has taught us about basic life processes that are now being exploited in the various fields of molecular biology.

This unit provides students with a basic knowledge of microbiology with particular emphasis on the structure, function and ecophysiology of bacteria and viruses. The unit considers the place of microorganisms in the evolution of life on earth, their structure, chemistry, biology and ecology, and their role in disease, ecosystems, food production and biotechnology. The practical component equips students with skills in the cultivation and identification of bacteria and mycelial fungi as well as an introduction to techniques in molecular microbiology. Combined, the theory content and training in laboratory skills prepares students for advanced level Microbiology subjects.


Unit name Microbiology
Unit code KLA210
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture
Discipline Agriculture and Food Systems
Coordinator Doctor Lyndal Mellefont
Available as student elective? Yes
Level Intermediate


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 21/2/2022 22/3/2022 11/4/2022 29/5/2022

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Unit census dates currently displaying for 2022 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2022 will be available from the 1st October 2021.

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Learning Outcomes

  • discuss the importance, both beneficial and harmful, of the five major groups of microorganisms to human welfare and related activities
  • explain how the physiological characteristics of specific groups of microorganisms affect the range of environments they can occupy and their activities within them
  • select and describe appropriate methods for control, study and exploitation of microorganisms for different practical and research applications
  • competently and safely perform fundamental laboratory techniques used in the practice and study of microorganisms within a pc i/ii microbiology laboratory
  • select, undertake and interpret appropriate tests to differentiate and classify microorganisms on the basis of the morphology, metabolism and genetics
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
010911 $1,002.00 $1,002.00 not applicable

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((Admission into a Masters course) OR ((KZA161 OR KPA161 OR KPZ164 OR KRA113 OR KRA121 OR CHG105 OR CZZ101)))

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Teaching Pattern

26 lectures, 13 x 3-hr practical classes

AssessmentPractical test (30%)|Examination (60%)|Assignments (x10) (10%)
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