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Area/Catalogue
BIOL 2051

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Course Level
Undergraduate

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Offered Externally
No

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Course ID
101032

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Unit Value
4.5

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University-wide elective course
No

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Timetable/s
First Semester
(Study Period 2)

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.

Textbook(s)

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

Prerequisite(s)

Subject Area & Catalogue Number Course Name
Group 1
BIOL 1007 Molecules to Tissues A
BIOL 1012 Molecules to Tissues B
CHEM 1006 Chemistry 100
CHEM 1007 Chemistry 101
Group 2
BIOL 1007 Molecules to Tissues A
BIOL 1012 Molecules to Tissues B
CHEM 1013 Chemistry in Life 100
CHEM 1014 Chemistry in Life 101

Group 2 - Only applicable to students in the IBNF program and LBSC students who have formal approval to take these courses.

Corequisite(s)

Nil

Teaching method

Component Duration
INTERNAL, CITY EAST
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.


Assessment

Task Length Weighting Duration
INTERNAL, CITY EAST
Test - 15% 45 minutes
Practical reports Ongoing 15% -
Practical test - 15% 1.5 hours
Examination - 55% 3 hours

Fees

EFTSL*: 0.1250
Commonwealth Supported program (Band 2)
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Fee-paying program for domestic and international students
International students and students undertaking this course as part of a postgraduate fee paying program must refer to the relevant program home page to determine the cost for undertaking this course.

Non-award enrolment
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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

School of Pharmacy and Medical Sciences
School of Pharmacy and Medical Sciences

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