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MI2011 - Microbial Diversity

Credit points: 3
Year: 2021
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Public Health, Medical & Vet Sciences

This subject covers basic concepts of the structure, classification, identification, metabolism and growth of bacteria, fungi, viruses, protozoan and metazoan parasites and other microbes. It introduces mechanisms of variation; microbial genetics and their application to recombinant DNA technology as well as the nutrition of microbes and influence of environmental parameters on growth and reproduction. Specific areas of environmental microbiology including soil, air, water and food and aspects of industrial microbiology are described.

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.

Subject Assessment

  • Written > Examination (centrally administered) - (45%) - Individual
  • Written > Test/Quiz 1 - (15%) - Individual
  • Oral > Presentation 1 - (10%) - Group
  • Performance/Practice/Product > Practical assessment/practical skills demonstration - (30%) - Individual.

Special Assessment Requirements

Achieve a minimum of 40% in on course assessment AND a minimum of 40% in the end of semester theory exam; Participate and complete any required assessment in at least 80% of the on course assessment; Complete the hurdle activity (microscope competence). Achieve an overall mark >50%.

Prerequisites: BM1000 or BZ1001at least 18CP of level 1 subjects


Townsville, Study Period 1, Internal
Census Date 25-Mar-2021
Coordinator: Dr Jenny Elliman, Professor David Whitmore
Lecturers: Assoc. Professor Jeffrey Warner, 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 (didactic or interactive)
  • 21 hours practicals
  • 6 hours workshops
  • assessment and self-directed study

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.