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 2013-2020 (Expires 31 Dec 2020)
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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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); available from the UC Shop.
2. Introduction to Microbiology—Laboratory Notes 2020. University of Canberra, Australia; available from the UC Shop or via Canvas.
Submission of assessment items
Special assessment requirements
An aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the unit. Additionally, students must sit all exams, attend at all face-to-face practicals and gain at least 45% in the face-to-face assessment.
The unit convener reserves the right to question students orally on any of their submitted work.
Students are strongly encouraged to listen to recorded lectures and to study other teaching material that is provided online, e.g., online practicals (approx. 38 hours). Attendance of and participation in face-to-face practical classes is compulsory (10 hours) and so is the sitting of assessments (approx. 4.5 hours). The remaining time (150 - 52.5 = 97.5 hours) should be spend on self-directed studies using the material provided in lectures/practicals, the textbook and other resources. Note that study times may vary depending on previous education and experience, intellectual capability and the desired outcome.
Inclusion and engagement
Participation in face-to-face 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 unavoidable commitments, contact the Unit Convener as soon as possible and provide medical or counselling certificates. Students may be required to obtain raw data from a missed practical from other students and study the Laboratory Notes and any material presented during a practical as if they had attended the practical missed.
Required IT skills
Basic knowledge of Word and Excel, and familiarity of the use of internet browsers are required.
The Laboratory Notes must either be purchased from the UC Shop or, alternatively, the manual can be downloaded from the unit's Canvas site and self-printed.
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:
It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that they check for announcements on the unit's Canvas website. Messages may also be send to student email addresses. Thus, students should ensure that they check their 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 minimum participation requirement must be met in order to pass the unit (regardless of supporting documentation).
Unforeseen circumstances beyond the unit convenor's control could result in changes in the mode of delivery of lectures, tutorials/practicals (where applicable) and assessments. Students will be advised if this occurs and appropriate alternatives will be arranged.