Introduction to Microbiology (6510.5)
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|Academic Program Area - Science||Level 2 - Undergraduate Intermediate Unit|| Band 2 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan 2021)
Band 3 2021 (Commenced Before 1 Jan 2021)
Learning outcomesOn successful completion of the unit, students will be able to:
1. Describe the morphology, metabolism and reproduction of bacteria; understand diagnostics, symptoms and treatment/ prevention of common bacterial diseases;
2. Describe the morphology and reproduction of viruses; understand diagnostics, symptoms and treatment/ prevention of common viral diseases;
3. Describe the nature, reproduction and diseases associated with prions;
4. Describe morphology, metabolism and reproduction of fungi; understand symptoms and treatment/ prevention of common fungal diseases;
5. Describe the morphology, metabolism and reproduction of parasites; understand symptoms and treatment/ prevention of common parasitic diseases;
6. Discuss ways to control microorganisms by physical and chemical means;
7. Discuss general principles in water management, sewage treatment, fermentation and biotechnology;
8. Understand key principles in the evolution of life and to apply this knowledge to the field of microbiology; and
9. Employ a range of laboratory skills (microscopy, staining, biochemical tests, etc) to isolate, cultivate, characterise and identify microorganisms.
Graduate attributes1. UC graduates are professional - communicate effectively
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Prerequisites(11722 Biological Concepts OR 483 Concepts in Biology )
(11768 Chemical Foundations OR 1516 Chemistry 1a) OR (11724 Chemical Concepts OR 1517 Chemistry 1b)
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1. Willey J, Sandman K & Wood D (2022). Prescott's Microbiology. 12th International Edition. McGraw-Hill (ISBN10: 1264088396 | ISBN13: 9781264088393); available from the UCX Shop.
2. Introduction to Microbiology—Laboratory Notes 2022. University of Canberra, Australia; available from the UCX Shop.
Submission of assessment items
Extensions & Late submissions
Assessment items in this unit are in written form (assessments of the laboratory notes (marked twice), mid-semester test (face-to-face) and final exam (online and proctored)) and/or involve the demonstration of practical skills (practical skills assessment (face-to-face); note that this assessment may also require the provision of written answers).
Special assessment requirements
In order to pass, students must: (i) attempt the following assessment items: the mid-semester test, the practical skills assessment and the final exam; (ii) gain an average of at least 45% in the final exam; (iii) gain an overall mark of at least 50%; and (iv) participate in at least 7 laboratory classes scheduled on Thursdays and 6 laboratory classes scheduled on Fridays (regardless of medical or counselling certificates).
The unit convener reserves the right to question students orally on any of their submitted work.
Students have a responsibility to uphold University standards on ethical scholarship. Good scholarship involves building on the work of others and use of others' work must be acknowledged with proper attribution made. Cheating, plagiarism, and falsification of data are dishonest practices that contravene academic values. Refer to the University's Student Charter for more information.
To enhance understanding of academic integrity, all students are expected to complete the Academic Integrity Module (AIM) at least once during their course of study. You can access this module within UCLearn (Canvas) through the 'Academic Integrity and Avoiding Plagiarism' link in the Study Help site.
Use of Text-Matching Software
The University of Canberra uses text-matching software to help students and staff reduce plagiarism and improve understanding of academic integrity. The software matches submitted text in student assignments against material from various sources: the internet, published books and journals, and previously submitted student texts.
Students are strongly encouraged to attend lectures or --- if that is not possible --- to listen to recorded lectures online (23 hours). Attendance of and participation in laboratory/practical classes is compulsory (26 hrs) and so is the sitting of test/assessments/exams (4.5 hours). The remaining time (150 - 53.5 = 96.5 hours) should be spend on self-directed studies using the material provided in lectures/practicals, the textbook and other resources.
Inclusion and engagement
Attending and/or watching all lectures online is expected and strongly recommended.
Participation in all laboratory (practical) classes is a compulsory condition of this unit, and attendance will be recorded. In the event that you cannot attend your assigned laboratory class due to illness or extenuating circumstances, contact the Unit Convener as soon as possible and provide a medical or counselling certificate. However, students must participate in at least 7 laboratory classes scheduled on Thursdays and 6 laboratory classes scheduled on Fridays (regardless of medical or counselling certificates). In other words, students will not pass, if they miss too many classes (even if they provide medical certificates for all of the missed classes).
Required IT skills
Basic knowledge of Word and Excel, and familiarity of the use of internet browsers are required.
The Laboratory Notes 2022 must either be purchased from the UCX Shop. Self-printed and electronic copies are not permitted.
Work placement, internships or practicums
This unit involves research-led education. There are active researchers delivering this unit who are able to engage students in deep and active learning and transmit to students their passion for the research they are carrying out.
Provision of information to students:
Notifications through Canvas are deemed to be made to the whole class. It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that they check for announcements on the unit's Canvas website. Furthermore, students should ensure they check their student email regularly.
Unforeseen circumstances beyond the unit convener's control could result in changes to the mode of delivery of lectures, laboratory classes and assessments. Students will be advised if this occurs and appropriate alternatives will be arranged.
Use of student email account
The University Email policy states that "students wishing to contact the University via email regarding administrative or academic matters need to send the email from the University account for identity verification purposes". Therefore all unit enquiries should be emailed using a student university email account. Students should contact email@example.com if they have any issues accessing their university email account.In all cases of absence, sickness or personal problems it is the student's responsibility to ensure that the unit Convener is informed. The minimum participation requirement must be met in order to pass the unit (regardless of supporting documentation).