BIOL 2051


Course Level


Offered Externally


Course ID


Unit Value


University-wide elective course


This class has not been
timetabled for year 2024.

Course owner

Course owner
UniSA Clinical & Health Sciences

Course aim

To introduce students to the general principles of microbiology and to provide a basis for the further studies in clinical microbiology and molecular pathogenesis of infectious diseases.

Course content

Microbial diversity: prokaryotes, eukaryotes, viruses.  Microbial genetics, physiology and ecology: replication, metabolism, life cycles, cell-cell communication, biofilms, ecosystems.  Human-microbe interactions: the human microbiome, infectious disease, pathogenicity and virulence.  Impact of Microorganisms: harnessing microbes and their products.  Microbial growth control: sterilisation, chemical disinfection and antisepsis.  Antimicrobials: antibiotic structure and targets, susceptibility testing, antibiotic resistance.


Madigan, M.T. and Martinko, J.M., Brock's Biology of Micro-organisms, Recent Edition, Prentice Hall


Subject Area & Catalogue Number Course Name
Group 2
Students must have completed BIOL 1012 or BIOL 1051
BIOL 1012 Biology B
BIOL 1051 Physiology Essentials 100
Group 1
Students must have completed CHEM 1007 or FOSC 2002
CHEM 1007 Chemistry 101
FOSC 2002 Chemistry of Food
Common to all relevant programs
Subject Area & Catalogue Number Course Name
BIOL 1007 Biology A
CHEM 1006 Chemistry 100

In addition to completing both BIOL 1007 and CHEM 1006, students must have also completed either CHEM 1007 or FOSC 2002, or BIOL 1012 or BIOL 1051.



Teaching method

Component Duration
Lecture 3 hours x 13 weeks
Tutorial 1 hours x 13 weeks
Practical 3 hours x 13 weeks

Note: These components may or may not be scheduled in every study period. Please refer to the timetable for further details.


Examination, Learning log/Journal, Report, Skills demonstration, Test/Quiz


EFTSL*: 0.125
Commonwealth Supported program (Band 2)
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Fee-paying program for domestic and international students
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* Equivalent Full Time Study Load. Please note: all EFTSL values are published and calculated at ten decimal places. Values are displayed to three decimal places for ease of interpretation.

Course Coordinators

UniSA Clinical & Health Sciences
UniSA Clinical & Health Sciences

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