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MI2011 - Microbial Diversity

Credit points: 3
Year: 2019
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Public Health, Medical & Vet Sciences

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

  • describe the basic principles which regulate the activities and account for the behaviour of microorganisms and parasites and relate this to the environments in which they are found;
  • 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;
  • read and interpret related scientific literature and plan and present on a related topic in a group format.
Prerequisites: BM1000 or BZ1001at least 18CP of level 1 subjects


Townsville, Study Period 1, Internal
Census Date 28-Mar-2019
Coordinator: Dr Jenny Elliman
Lecturers: Dr Jenny Elliman, Professor Ellen Ariel, Assoc. Professor Constantin Constantinoiu.
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 39 hours lectures
  • 21 hours practicals
  • 6 hours workshops/Seminars
  • assessment and self-directed study
Assessment: end of semester exam (45%); quizzes or tests (15%); presentations (10%); assignments (30%).

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.