Courses & Units

Applied Microbiology ZAS121

Cradle Coast, Launceston, Hobart


Launceston and Cradle Coast students will need to travel to attend a 3 day workshop in Hobart for this unit.


In this unit you will acquire fundamental conceptual knowledge in five key concept areas - microbial evolution, cell structure and function, metabolic pathways, information flow and genetics, and microbial systems. You will learn how to apply that knowledge to facilitate product innovation, to achieve desirable process outcomes, and to solve problems of a microbiological nature in the fermentation industry. In addition, you will investigate the importance of microorganisms in product safety and quality control. You will conduct an in-depth study of a selected microorganism of importance to a fermentation product, and develop the practical skills used by applied microbiologists in a lab-based setting.

This unit also introduces learning through practice by exposing you to authentic learning experiences. These experiences are placed at the centre of learning and assessment, so you
have the opportunity to develop the skills, knowledge and behaviours necessary to respond to industry, community and/or global needs.

You will be introduced to:
- a range of methods, tools, techniques and approaches to practice
- principles and perspectives such as values, ethics, empathy and leadership in real
world scenarios
- reflection and deliberative thinking as a means of developing knowledge, skills,
attitudes and aspirations
- ways of understanding problems and developing solutions through active inquiry.


Unit name Applied Microbiology
Unit code ZAS121
Credit points 12.5
College/School University College
Discipline Applied Science
Coordinator Doctor Janelle Brown
Available as student elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania


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


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 11/7/2022 9/8/2022 29/8/2022 16/10/2022

* 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).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2022 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2022 will be available from the 1st October 2021.

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Learning Outcomes

  • Explain key microbiological concepts using applicable scientific terminology and industry relevant examples
  • Use microbiological tools and laboratory techniques to conduct applied microbiological studies
  • Analyse and interpret microbiological data to solve industry related problems
  • Evaluate own technical practice and generate plans for self-development
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
010911 $1,002.00 $1,002.00 not applicable $2,354.00
  • Available as a Commonwealth Supported Place
  • HECS-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility3
  • FEE-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility4

1 Please refer here more information on student contribution amounts.
2 Information on eligibility and Approved Pathway courses can be found here
3 Please refer here for eligibility for HECS-HELP
4 Please refer here for eligibility for FEE-HELP

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Mutual Exclusions

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



Teaching Pattern

Lectures online; Tutorials 1-2 hours per fortnight; Labs/field trips/workshops: up to 4 days per semester, including a 3 day workshop in Hobart. 

AssessmentAT2: Laboratory report (40%)|AT3: Microbial Profile (40%)|AT1: Investigation of the microorganism (20%)
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