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MI2011 - Microbial Diversity

Credit points: 3
Year: 2014
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: School of Veterinary & Biomedical Sciences (pre 2015)

Basic concepts of the structure, classification, identification, metabolism and growth of bacteria, fungi, viruses, protozoan and metazoan parasites and other microbes; mechanisms of variation; microbial genetics and their application to recombinant DNA technology; nutrition of microbes, influence of environmental parameters on growth and reproduction; introduction to the immune system. Microbiology of soil, air, water and food and aspects of industrial microbiology.

Learning Outcomes

  • outline the basic concepts which are fundamental to understanding the usefulness of microbes in biotechnology and recognise and discuss the relevance of microbes and parasites to public health, industry and agriculture;
  • safely manipulate microbes in the laboratory, be skilled in the basic techniques used in microbial identification and interpreting results;
  • understand and illustrate the fundamental aspects of the immune response;
  • read and interpret related scientific literature and plan and present on a related topic;
  • describe the basic principles and morphology which regulate the activities and account for the behaviour of microorganisms and parasites and relate this to the environments in which they are found.
Prerequisites: BM1000 or BZ1001


Townsville, Internal, Study Period 1
Census Date 27-Mar-2014
Coordinator: Dr Jenny Elliman
Lecturers: Assoc. Professor Jeffrey Warner, Dr Jenny Elliman, Assoc. Professor Ellen Ariel, Assoc. Professor Constantin Constantinoiu, <Person not found>.
Workload expectations:
  • 35 hours lectures
  • 33 hours practicals
Assessment: end of semester exam (65%); assignments (35%).

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.