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
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Life and Health Sciences
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • 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)
Associate Professor Manfred Beilharz
Unit rules
(SCIE1106 Molecular Biology of the Cell
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 AND 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
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