MICR3310 Microbial Ecology and One Health

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)

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.

AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 2QEII Medical CentreFace to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 core unit in the Microbiology and Immunology major sequence
Content
This unit considers the importance of microbes in human and animal ecosystems and in nature. It presents concepts and principles in microbial ecology including the role of the human microbiome in health and disease, microorganisms at the interface between animals and humans, endemic and epidemic disease. It considers the role of infectious disease surveillance, interventions to prevent infectious disease transmission and probiotic interventions. Key ecological roles of microbes including in terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems, interactions with biota and the physicochemical environment, and their consequences (beneficial and detrimental) for human activities are investigated. In addition to expanding the breadth of knowledge of microbiology, students will develop analytical skills for interpretation of microbial genomic and surveillance datasets in the context of disease outbreaks.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) obtain a comprehensive understanding of the roles and activities of microbes in the natural environment; an appreciation of how microbial activities impact in both beneficial and detrimental ways on the environment, humans and society; and an awareness of the practical use of such knowledge in controlling and using microbes; (2) gain understanding of, and practical skills in a diversity of environmental microbiology techniques including water quality analysis, detection of indicator micro-organisms, measurement of the effects of environmental variables on microbial activity, biogeochemical cycling and the application of microbes to pollution remediation; (3) gain scientific writing communication skills through the preparation of written laboratory exercises and group reports; and (4) develop research skills through involvement in the planning and implementation of practical class experimentation.
Assessment
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) tests; (2) worksheets/case studies; and (3) written assignments. 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)
Dr Kate Hammer
Unit rules
Prerequisites:
MICR2208 Introductory Microbiology and MICR2209 Introduction to Infectious Diseases and Immunology
Contact hours
Tutorials/Workshops/Laboratory sessions: 2–3 hours per week; Lectures: 2 hours per week
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