Courses & Units

Microbiology KLA437


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


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.


Unit name Microbiology
Unit code KLA437
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture
Discipline Agriculture and Food Systems
Coordinator Doctor Lyndal Mellefont
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Postgraduate


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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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
  • manage and maintain excellent laboratory records and critically evaluate and present your results in scientific reports
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 $1,002.00 $1,002.00 not applicable $2,354.00

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Teaching Pattern

26 lectures, 13 x 3-hr practical classes

AssessmentAssignments (10%)|Practical test (20%)|Journal (10%)|Examination (60%)
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