Courses & Units

Applied Environmental Microbiology KLA398

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


The unit covers the basic principles of environmental microbiology, microbial diversity and evolution. Lectures are provided on the latest techniques used in microbial ecology including coverage of advanced methods in functional analysis and genomics. A focus is placed on the role of microbes in major ecosystems including soil and the oceans and includes lectures on global cycling of nitrogen, carbon, phosphorous, sulphur and iron. Students will learn about microbial processes in anaerobic systems as well as how microbes interact and communicate. Several lectures are devoted to how microbes are applied in a practical sense in the environment and in industry. These topics include bioremediation of contaminated land and water; biocontrol in agriculture; utilisation of microbes to form natural products or as catalysts in industrial systems.


Unit name Applied Environmental Microbiology
Unit code KLA398
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture
Discipline Agriculture and Food Systems
Coordinator Professor John Bowman
Teaching staff Doctor Shane Powell
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Advanced


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 10/7/2023 8/8/2023 28/8/2023 15/10/2023

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Learning Outcomes

  • describe the role and ecology of microorganisms within the terrestrial and marine environments including their provision of environmental services
  • explain the dynamics among microorganisms in the environment
  • use and explain detection and analysis methods routinely used in environmental microbial ecology
  • research simple environmental microbial ecology questions in the laboratory and present research findings using scientific conventions.

Fee Information

Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
010911 $1,037.00 $1,037.00 not applicable $2,472.00

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KLA200 OR KLA210 OR CBA260 OR CBA265 OR JFA214 OR CXA241


Teaching Pattern

2 x 50 min lectures weekly, 1 x 3 hr practical weekly

AssessmentSequence analysis report (10%)|Practical report (20%)|Research project report (30%)|Final examination (40%)
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