Courses & Units

Applied Environmental Microbiology KLA398



The unit will form part of a microbiology major in the BSc degree.


Microorganisms out-number all life forms on the planet and greatly impact biological, chemical and physical processes. This unit considers the significance of microorganisms in the ecology of terrestrial and marine environments; microbial diversity and evolution; the role of microbes in global cycles of nitrogen, carbon, phosphorous and iron; interactions with other organisms; applications in agriculture; bioremediation of contaminated land; and modern methods used to study microbial ecology. Assessment tasks include laboratory reports, sequence data analysis, proposal and report documents produced from small group project research, and a final closed book exam.


Unit name Applied Environmental Microbiology
Unit code KLA398
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Sciences and Engineering
Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture
Discipline Agriculture and Food Systems

John Bowman

Teaching staff

Shane Powell

Level Advanced
Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic


International students
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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 13/7/2020 10/8/2020 31/8/2020 18/10/2020

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Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
2 2020: $1,190.00 2020: $2,354.00 010911

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(KLA200 or KLA210 or CBA260 or CBA265 or KQA207) or Admission into a Masters course or equivalent qualifications

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



Teaching Pattern

26 lectures, 13 x 3-hr lab classes


3-hr theory exam (60%), project and practical reports (40%)

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