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Unit Overview

Description
The functions of micro-organisms are central to the foods, pharmaceutical and biotechnological industries; in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of diseases in plants and animals; and in our understanding of biogeochemical processes in the biosphere. The lectures describe the structural and functional characteristics of micro-organisms; ecology and physiological diversity of bacteria, viruses, fungi, algae and protozoa; growth and control of micro-organisms; bacteria and viruses as agents of disease; and applications in biotechnology. This unit provides the basic background to understanding advanced microbiology and infectious disease units offered at Level 3.
Credit
6 points
Offering
AvailabilityLocationMode
Not available in 2022SingaporeFace to face
Outcomes
Students gain an understanding of the world of micro-organisms, including bacteria, viruses and fungi. The associated practical classes provide training in aseptic technique and associated methods necessary for the safe handling and culture of micro-organisms.
Assessment
This comprises an examination (50 per cent), practical examination and continuous assessment (50 per cent).

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr David Sutton
Unit rules
Prerequisites:
SCIE1106 Molecular Biology of the Cell; Level 1 Chemistry or WACE Chemistry 3A/3B or TEE Chemistry
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
Contact hours
lectures: 24 hours; tutorials/labs: up to 30 hours
Text

Willey, J. M. et al. Prescott's Microbiology, 8th edn: McGraw-Hill 2011 (the 6th and 7th editions of this text are also useful and should be available second-hand).

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