× You are viewing an archive version of this unit.



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.

Summary 2020

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



Please check that your computer meets the minimum System Requirements if you are attending via Distance/Off-Campus.

Units are offered in attending mode unless otherwise indicated (that is attendance is required at the campus identified). A unit identified as offered by distance, that is there is no requirement for attendance, is identified with a nominal enrolment campus. A unit offered to both attending students and by distance from the same campus is identified as having both modes of study.

Special approval is required for enrolment into TNE Program units.

TNE Program units special approval requirements.

* 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).

About Census Dates




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

Mutual Exclusions

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%)

TimetableView the lecture timetable | View the full unit timetable



Information about any textbook requirements will be available from mid November.


The University reserves the right to amend or remove courses and unit availabilities, as appropriate.