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This unit is classed as a restricted unit and available to Master of Applied Science students.


Microorganisms, though invisibly small, collectively make up the majority of the living matter on Earth and have profound influences on many aspects of our lives. This unit will draw on contemporary and real-world examples to explore the influence and impact of microorganisms - both positive and detrimental - on human activities and aspirations. Students will be introduced to the ecology and biology of the main groups of microorganisms and then to the ways in which microorganisms affect our lives, e.g. through disease of humans, animals and plants, their effects on natural and human-controlled environments, in agriculture and food production and deterioration, and their exploitation in a wide range of (bio)technologies. A range of excursions and tutorials and/or group discussions will be used to exemplify the lecture content. Students will be expected to develop a portfolio of microbiology related articles in the news media and to assess their scientific accuracy.

Summary 2021

Unit name Microbes and Man
Unit code KLA436
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, Shane Powell and other staff from the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture

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



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Teaching Pattern

26 lectures, 13x3-hr practical, excursion or tutorial classes per week


3-hr theory exam (60%), internal assessment - assignments (20%), other written assignment (10%), excursion reports (10%)

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