Introduction to Microbiology (6510.5)
|Available teaching periods||Delivery mode||Location|
|View teaching periods|| On-Campus
|| UC - Canberra, Bruce
|0.125||3||Faculty Of Science And Technology|
|Discipline||Study level||HECS Bands|
|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
1. UC graduates are professional - display initiative and drive, and use their organisation skills to plan and manage their workload
1. UC graduates are professional - employ up-to-date and relevant knowledge and skills
1. UC graduates are professional - take pride in their professional and personal integrity
1. UC graduates are professional - use creativity, critical thinking, analysis and research skills to solve theoretical and real-world problems
1. UC graduates are professional - work collaboratively as part of a team, negotiate, and resolve conflict
2. UC graduates are global citizens - behave ethically and sustainably in their professional and personal lives
2. UC graduates are global citizens - communicate effectively in diverse cultural and social settings
2. UC graduates are global citizens - make creative use of technology in their learning and professional lives
Prerequisites483 Concepts in Biology AND 1516 Chemistry 1A OR 1517 Chemistry 1B
|Year||Location||Teaching period||Teaching start date||Delivery mode||Unit convener|
|2021||UC - Canberra, Bruce||Semester 2||02 August 2021||On-Campus||Dr Michael Frese|
|2022||UC - Canberra, Bruce||Semester 2||01 August 2022||On-Campus||Dr Michael Frese|
1. Joanne Willey, Kathleen Sandman, Dorothy Wood (2020). Prescott's Microbiology. 11th Edition. McGraw-Hill (ISBN 9781260570021).
2. Introduction to Microbiology—Practical Notes 2021. University of Canberra, Australia; available from the UCX Shop.
The textbook (in print or ebook) can be purchased on campus from "The School Locker". Details about the release date and how to purchase the Practical Notes 2021 will be provided on the Canvas site for this unit.
Submission of assessment items
Extensions & Late submissions
All assessment items in this unit are in written form (i.e., first and second marking of the Practical Notes 2021, mid-semester test and final test).
Special assessment requirements
In order to pass, students must: (i) attempt all assessments; (ii) gain an average of at least 45% in the final test; and (iii), gain an overall mark of at least 50%, and participate in at least 80% of all laboratory classes (practicals) as further outlined under "participation requirements".
Students are strongly encouraged to attend lectures or - if that is not possible - to listen to recorded lectures online (approx. 23 hours). Attendance of and participation in laboratory (practical) classes is compulsory (26 hours) and so is the sitting of exams (3.5 hours). The remaining time should be spent on self-directed studies using the material provided in lectures/practicals, the textbook, Canvas and other resources.
Students should attend all classes.
Participation in laboratory classes is a compulsory condition of this unit, and attendance will be recorded.
You must participate in at least 80% of laboratory classes (practicals) to pass this unit (i.e., at least 20 hrs out of 26 hrs). This minimum laboratory classes participation requirement must be met, regardless of supporting documentation.
Required IT skills
Basic knowledge of internet browsers, Microsoft Office or similar program packages.
Purchase of safety glasses (UCX Shop or elsewhere).
Purchase of the Practical Notes (UCX Shop).
Work placement, internships or practicums
Foundation of Unit
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 the Group
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 participation requirement must be met in order to pass the unit.
Potentially hazardous materials will be used as part of this unit. Risk assessments have been performed and control measures implemented to manage the hazards and risks. Students have an obligation to comply with any safety directions issued by staff and to inform staff if incidents of a potentially hazardous nature occur.