UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

MICR2208 Introductory Microbiology

Credit 6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1QEII Medical CentreFace to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 core unit in the Microbiology and Immunology major sequence
  • Category B broadening unit for Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Design students
  • Level 2 elective
Content This unit covers microbial structure and function, with respect to bacteria, viruses, protozoans and fungi. Concepts including microbial growth, disinfection and sterilisation are covered. The role of micro-organisms in the environment and how they can be manipulated genetically to perform roles in biotechnology are also discussed. Enrolment in this unit is highly desirable if the student is undertaking MICR2209 Introduction to Infectious Diseases and Immunology.
Outcomes This unit introduces the basic concepts of microbiology. Students gain a sound understanding of the structure and functional characteristics of bacteria, viruses, protozoans and fungi, including diversity, metabolism, taxonomy, and genetics. Students are introduced to culturing techniques for the isolation and characterisation of bacteria, the use of microscopy for the identification of microbes, and data recording. Students gain a broad understanding of the roles of microbes in health, disease and the environment. This essential knowledge provides the foundation for further advanced studies in the fields of microbiology, pathology, medical laboratory science and public health microbiology.
Assessment 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) Assoc/Prof Charlene Kahler
Unit rules
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; or ANHB1102 Human Biology II: Being Human
Incompatibility: for pre-2012 courses: MICR2204 Introductory Microbiology
Unit Outlinehttp://www.unitoutlines.meddent.uwa.edu.au/Units/MICR2208/SEM-1/2017

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