MICR2204 Introductory Microbiology

6 points

If this unit does not have an online alternative, then students who are presently unable to enter Western Australia and whose studies would be delayed by an inability to complete this unit, should contact the unit coordinator (details given on this page) to ascertain, on an individual case-by-case basis, if alternate arrangements can be made to support their study in this unit.

Not available in 2021SingaporeFace to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
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.
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.
This comprises an examination (50 per cent), practical examination and continuous assessment (50 per cent).

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
SCIE1106 Molecular Biology of the Cell; Level 1 Chemistry or WACE Chemistry 3A/3B or TEE Chemistry
Contact hours
lectures: 24 hours; tutorials/labs: up to 30 hours

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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