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MICR2208 Introductory Microbiology

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
  • Level 2 elective
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.
Students are able to (1) develop a sound understanding of the structure and functional characteristics of bacteria, viruses, protozoans and fungi, including diversity, metabolism, taxonomy, and genetics
; (2) understand culturing techniques for the isolation and characterisation of bacteria, and the use of microscopy for the identification of microbes
; and (3) use data recording processes and interpret results.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) MCQ online quiz
; (2) mid-semester test; and (3) written exam. 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)
Unit rules
(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)


(IMED1001 Form and Function
IMED1002 The Facts of Life )
for pre-2012 courses: MICR2204 Introductory Microbiology
Contact hours
lectures: 2–3 hours per week; labs/tutorials: 2-3 hr per week; for up to 12 weeks
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.