Microbiology and Immunology major

Microbes are organisms too small to be seen without the aid of a microscope and include bacteria, viruses, protozoa, algae and parasites. The study of these organisms and the role they play in health, disease and the environment is known as microbiology, and immunology is the study of how the body defends itself against such organisms. This major covers a range of fields, from the more applied disciplines such as medical, public health, industrial, and food microbiology, to basic fields of immunology, microbial ecology, physiology and genetics of microbes. Your studies will teach you how microbiology can be applied in areas as diverse as medicine, brewing, food spoilage, control of environmental pollution and space science. You will receive a thorough grounding in the scientific basis of microbiology and its applications in the real world. Graduates in Microbiology and Immunology will be eligible for membership in the Australian Society of Microbiology (ASM)—the national scientific and employment body of the profession.

Outcomes

Students are able to (1) describe the fundamental divisions of the microbial world including bacteria, viruses, protozoa, algae and parasites; (2) describe the genetic and molecular biological processes involved in their life cycles, and in their pathologic and environmental interactions; (3) describe the steps involved in the initiation, perpetuation and resolution of infectious diseases; (4) describe the role of the innate and adaptive immune system in these processes; (5) integrate and apply principles of microbiology and immunology to understanding a wide array of diseases in the various body systems of humans, such as the cardiovascular and respiratory systems, central nervous system, liver and kidney, gastrointestinal and reproductive tracts; (6) describe the role of microbes and their ecology in environmental and industrial processes; and (7) through laboratory/tutorial exercises, acquire skills in (a) methods relevant to microbiology and immunology; (b) experimental design; (c) data collection, analysis and interpretation; (d) critical thinking skills, integration of concepts, precepts and fundamentals; (e) working independently, as well as in teams; and (f) communication to a high level, of results and analyses in both oral and written forms.

Degree-specific major

Microbiology and Immunology can be taken as a degree-specific major in the following degree courses:

BP004 Bachelor of Science
BP006 Bachelor of Biomedical Science
BH005 Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)

Overview of unit sequence

Microbiology and Immunology is a degree-specific single major comprising:

  • two Level 1 units
  • two Level 2 units
  • four Level 3 units
  • one Level 1 complementary unit
Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2

Level 1

Degree-specific major units
Take the following unit:
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S2 SCIE1106 Molecular Biology of the Cell
Prerequisites:
(Human Biology: ATAR
or
equivalent;
or
Biology: ATAR
or
equivalent;
or
ANHB1101 Human Biology I: Becoming Human;
or
ANHB1102 Human Biology II: Being Human;
or
BIOL1130 Frontiers in Biology;
or
IMED1001 Form and Function) and (Chemistry: ATAR
or
equivalent
or
a Level 1 Chemistry unit)
Incompatibility:
SCIE2225 Molecular Biology passed in
or
before 2004
Degree-specific major units
Take unit(s) to the value of 6 points:
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1 ANHB1101 Human Biology I: Becoming Human
S2 ANHB1102 Human Biology II: Being Human
S1 BIOL1130 Frontiers in Biology
Complementary units
Take the following complementary unit:
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1 SCOM1101 Communicating Science
Prerequisites:
ATAR Mathematics Applications
or
WACE Mathematics 2C/2D
or
TEE Discrete Mathematics
or
equivalent
or
higher
Co-requisites:
MATH1720 Mathematics Fundamentals (only required if students haven't completed Maths Applications
or
WACE Mathematics 2C/2D
or
TEE Discrete Mathematics
or
equivalent
or
higher). Please note that there will be a delay in validating your enrolment in SCOM1101 after you have enrolled in MATH1720.
Incompatibility:
SCIE1103 Science, Society and Communication

Level 2

Degree-specific major units
Take all units (12 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1 MICR2208 Introductory Microbiology
Prerequisites:
SCIE1106 Molecular Biology of the Cell
and
one of BIOL1130 Frontiers in Biology (formerly BIOL1130 Core Concepts in Biology); ANHB1101 Human Biology I: Becoming Human; ANHB1102 Human Biology II: Being Human
Incompatibility:
for pre-2012 courses: MICR2204 Introductory Microbiology
S2 MICR2209 Introduction to Infectious Diseases and Immunology
Prerequisites:
SCIE1106 Molecular Biology of the Cell
and
one of BIOL1130 Frontiers in Biology (formerly BIOL1130 Core Concepts in Biology); ANHB1101 Human Biology I: Becoming Human; ANHB1102 Human Biology II: Being Human
Incompatibility:
for pre-2012 courses: MICR2205 General and Applied Microbiology

Level 3

Degree-specific major units
Take all units (24 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1 MICR3305 Immunobiology and Immune Diseases
Prerequisites:
MICR2208 Introductory Microbiology,
and
MICR2209 Introduction to Infectious Diseases and Immunology;
or
PATH2210 Fundamentals of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine,
and
PATH2220 Introduction to Human Disease
Incompatibility:
MICR3340 Infections and Immunity
and
PATH3307 Pathology and Laboratory Medicine I.
S2 MICR3310 Applied and Environmental Microbiology
Prerequisites:
MICR2208 Introductory Microbiology
or
MICR2209 Introduction to Infectious Diseases and Immunology
or
Biomedical Science major Level 2 units
S2 MICR3320 Viruses and Viral Disease
Prerequisites:
(MICR2208 Introductory Microbiology,
and
MICR2209 Introduction to Infectious Diseases and Immunology);
or
Biomedical Science major Level 2 units
Incompatibility:
MICR3302 Infection and Immunity
S1 MICR3330 Bacteria and Bacterial Disease
Prerequisites:
(MICR2208 Introductory Microbiology,
and
MICR2209 Introduction to Infectious Diseases and Immunology);
or
Biomedical Science major Level 2 units
Incompatibility:
MICR3302 Infections and Immunity

Choosing your degree-specific major

You must satisfy the requirements of a degree-specific major before you complete your course. The flexible structure of an undergraduate course allows you to try out a number of different subjects to see what interests you before nominating your degree-specific major. You have the choice to either nominate your degree-specific major when you first enrol in the course or delay nominating it until your second year.

To plan the first year of your study without nominating a degree-specific major, you are advised to choose units that will pave the way to two or more degree-specific majors that are of interest to you. For examples of the choice of units available in first year, search the first-year study plans .

To fully understand the structure of an undergraduate course, read the course structure information and the Undergraduate Degree Course Rules.

The following example illustrates how the Microbiology and Immunology degree-specific major can be included in the Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Biomedical Science course.

Example: Course Study Plan: CSP006-MCBIM

There are more choices open to you. For more examples, search the study plans .

Choosing a second major

You also have the option to choose a second major from those available in the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Biomedical Science, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Design Only available to re-enrolling students. or Bachelor of Science course, giving you the opportunity to pursue your interests no matter how different they are.

The following example illustrates how the Microbiology and Immunology degree-specific major can be combined with a second major in the Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Biomedical Science course.

Example: Course Study Plan: CSP006-MCBIM-Generic

For more examples of combinations of majors, search the study plans .

Microbiology and Immunology can also be taken as a second major.

Second major

Microbiology and Immunology can be taken as a second major in the following degree courses:

Overview of unit sequence

The Microbiology and Immunology second major is a single major comprising:

  • two Level 1 units
  • two Level 2 units
  • four Level 3 units
Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2

Level 1

Second major units
Take the following unit:
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S2 SCIE1106 Molecular Biology of the Cell
Prerequisites:
(Human Biology: ATAR
or
equivalent;
or
Biology: ATAR
or
equivalent;
or
ANHB1101 Human Biology I: Becoming Human;
or
ANHB1102 Human Biology II: Being Human;
or
BIOL1130 Frontiers in Biology;
or
IMED1001 Form and Function) and (Chemistry: ATAR
or
equivalent
or
a Level 1 Chemistry unit)
Incompatibility:
SCIE2225 Molecular Biology passed in
or
before 2004
Second major units
Take unit(s) to the value of 6 points:
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1 ANHB1101 Human Biology I: Becoming Human
S2 ANHB1102 Human Biology II: Being Human
S1 BIOL1130 Frontiers in Biology

Level 2

Second major units
Take all units (12 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1 MICR2208 Introductory Microbiology
Prerequisites:
SCIE1106 Molecular Biology of the Cell
and
one of BIOL1130 Frontiers in Biology (formerly BIOL1130 Core Concepts in Biology); ANHB1101 Human Biology I: Becoming Human; ANHB1102 Human Biology II: Being Human
Incompatibility:
for pre-2012 courses: MICR2204 Introductory Microbiology
S2 MICR2209 Introduction to Infectious Diseases and Immunology
Prerequisites:
SCIE1106 Molecular Biology of the Cell
and
one of BIOL1130 Frontiers in Biology (formerly BIOL1130 Core Concepts in Biology); ANHB1101 Human Biology I: Becoming Human; ANHB1102 Human Biology II: Being Human
Incompatibility:
for pre-2012 courses: MICR2205 General and Applied Microbiology

Level 3

Second major units
Take all units (24 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1 MICR3305 Immunobiology and Immune Diseases
Prerequisites:
MICR2208 Introductory Microbiology,
and
MICR2209 Introduction to Infectious Diseases and Immunology;
or
PATH2210 Fundamentals of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine,
and
PATH2220 Introduction to Human Disease
Incompatibility:
MICR3340 Infections and Immunity
and
PATH3307 Pathology and Laboratory Medicine I.
S2 MICR3310 Applied and Environmental Microbiology
Prerequisites:
MICR2208 Introductory Microbiology
or
MICR2209 Introduction to Infectious Diseases and Immunology
or
Biomedical Science major Level 2 units
S2 MICR3320 Viruses and Viral Disease
Prerequisites:
(MICR2208 Introductory Microbiology,
and
MICR2209 Introduction to Infectious Diseases and Immunology);
or
Biomedical Science major Level 2 units
Incompatibility:
MICR3302 Infection and Immunity
S1 MICR3330 Bacteria and Bacterial Disease
Prerequisites:
(MICR2208 Introductory Microbiology,
and
MICR2209 Introduction to Infectious Diseases and Immunology);
or
Biomedical Science major Level 2 units
Incompatibility:
MICR3302 Infections and Immunity

Choosing a second major

The flexible structure of an undergraduate course allows you the option of including a second major. You have the choice to either nominate your second major when you first enrol in the course or delay it until your second year. For a major to be recorded on your academic record it must be nominated before the requirements of the course are completed.

To fully understand the structure of an undergraduate course, read the course structure information and the Undergraduate Degree Course Rules.

The following example illustrates how Microbiology and Immunology can be included as a second major in an undergraduate degree course.

Example: Course Study Plan: CSPGeneric-DSMGeneric-MCBIM

For more examples of combinations of majors, search the study plans .

Microbiology and Immunology can also be taken as a degree-specific major.