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MI2031 - Marine Microbiology

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

The ecological role of microbes in the marine and estuarine environments; their role in nutrient cycles including chemotropism, symbiosis, fouling, degradation of pollutants and maricultural ecology; bacteria, cyanobacteria, fungi, viruses and picoplankton in the marine environment; introduction to disease-causing microbes.

Learning Outcomes

  • demonstrate the role of microbes in marine symbioses;
  • instil in students the importance of marine microbes to the biosphere;
  • introduce how marine microbes impact on human activities;
  • introduce the students to the culture methods for the major ecological groups of marine bacteria.


Townsville, Study Period 1, Internal
Census Date 28-Mar-2019
Coordinator: Professor Ellen Ariel
Lecturers: Dr Jenny Elliman, Assoc. Professor Brenda Govan, Professor Ellen Ariel, <Person not found>.
Workload expectations:

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

  • 26 hours lectures
  • 11 hours tutorials
  • 36 hours practicals
  • assessment and self-directed study
Assessment: end of semester exam (60%); assignments (40%).

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.