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MI2011 - Microbial Diversity

Credit points: 3
Year: 2012
Student Contribution Band: Band 4
Administered by: School of Veterinary & Biomedical 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;
  • outline the basic concepts which are fundamental to understanding the usefulness of microbes in biotechnology;
  • recognise the relevance of microbes and parasites to public health, industry and agriculture;
  • safely manipulate microbes in the laboratory and be skilled in the basic techniques used in their identification;
  • understand the fundamental aspects of the immune response.
Prerequisites: BM1000 or BZ1001


Townsville, Study Period 1, Internal
Census Date 22-Mar-2012
Coordinator: Dr Jenny Elliman
Lecturers: Assoc. Professor Jeffrey Warner, Dr Odwell Muzari, Professor Ellen Ariel, Assoc. Professor Constantin Constantinoiu, <Person not found>.
Workload expectations:
  • 35 hours lectures
  • 33 hours practicals
Assessment: end of semester exam (70%); assignments (30%).

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