MICR3310 Applied and Environmental Microbiology

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 2QEII Medical CentreFace to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 core unit in the Microbiology and Immunology major sequence
Content
This unit considers the importance of microbes in nature, their impacts on society, and approaches to the control and use of microbial activities. It presents concepts and principles in microbial ecology as well as case studies demonstrating the importance of this field of knowledge to environmental management, epidemiology and studies of disease distribution, biotechnology and industry. Key ecological roles of microbes including in terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems, interactions with biota and the physiochemical environment, and their consequences (beneficial and detrimental) for human activities are investigated. In addition to expanding the breadth of knowledge of microbiology students, the unit provides a sound foundation for students pursuing studies in marine, freshwater and terrestrial biology, environmental science and/or engineering, and natural resource conservation and management.
Outcomes
Students obtain a comprehensive understanding of the roles and activities of microbes in the natural environment; an appreciation of how microbial activities impact in both beneficial and detrimental ways on the environment, humans and society; and an awareness of the practical use of such knowledge in controlling and using microbes. They gain practical skills in a diversity of environmental microbiology techniques including water quality analysis, detection of indicator micro-organisms, measurement of the effects of environmental variables on microbial activity, biogeochemical cycling and the application of microbes to pollution remediation; scientific writing communication skills through the preparation of written laboratory exercises and preparation of research posters; and research skills through involvement in the planning and implementation of practical class experimentation.
Assessment
Typically this unit is assessed in the following way: . Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr David Sutton
Unit rules
Prerequisites:
MICR2208 Introductory Microbiology
or
MICR2209 Introduction to Infectious Diseases and Immunology
or
Biomedical Science major Level 2 units
Contact hours
lectures: 2–3 hours per week; labs/tutorials: 2–3 hours per week
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