Course Title: Introduction to Microbiology, Immunology and Genetics

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Introduction to Microbiology, Immunology and Genetics

Credit Points: 12.00


Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

BIOL2256

City Campus

Undergraduate

135H Applied Sciences

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016

BIOL2256

City Campus

Undergraduate

171H School of Science

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2017

BIOL2257

Bundoora Campus

Undergraduate

135H Applied Sciences

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016

BIOL2257

Bundoora Campus

Undergraduate

171H School of Science

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2017

Course Coordinator: Dr Danilla Grando (BIOL2257)/Ass. Prof. Mark Osborn (BIOL2256)

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7135/+61 3 9925 7126

Course Coordinator Email: danilla.grando@rmit.edu.au/mark.osborn@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: Building 223 Level 1 (Bundoora)

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment only


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

You will benefit from a knowledge and understanding of cells and their functions, as obtained in BIOL2146 Cell Structure & Function or an equivalent course.


Course Description

This course is intended to be an introduction to the inter-related subjects of microbiology, immunology and genetics.

The course is designed to provide you with an understanding at a basic level of the diversity structure, replication and growth of microorganisms across the three domains of life (Bacteria, Archaea and microbial Eukaryotes) and additionally of viruses. The course will also introduce you to the role and importance of these microorganisms in health and industry and in the environment. It will introduce you to the methods used to enumerate, isolate, purify and characterise microorganisms safely. It will also introduce you to the main features and functions of the mammalian immune system and its reactions in health and disease. The course will also explore the genetic and molecular biology processes and mechanisms that determine the inheritance of traits in biological organisms.

You will be guided through the course by structured lectures, practical classes (compulsory attendance) and online learning support.

 

 

 

 

 


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs):

2.1. You will exhibit depth and breadth of knowledge by demonstrating a well-developed understanding of biological sciences.

2.2. You will exhibit depth and breadth of knowledge by demonstrating that biotechnology has interdisciplinary connections with other sciences.

3.4. You will be able to critically analyse and solve problems in biotechnology by collecting, accurately recording, interpreting, and drawing conclusions from scientific data.

5.1. You will be accountable for individual learning and scientific work in biotechnology by being an independent and self-directed learner.

5.2. You will be accountable for individual learning and scientific work by working effectively, responsibly, ethically, and safely in an individual or team context.

  

 


On completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Outline the major groups and modes of growth of microorganisms.
  2. Describe methods and applications of sterilisation, disinfection and prevention of diseases caused by microorganisms.
  3. Describe the structure and cellular organisation of diverse microorganisms
  4. Describe approaches that can be used to culture microorganisms
  5. Explain the physical (i.e. molecular) nature of genetic inheritance and how genetic variation can arise and contribute to evolution.
  6. Identify mechanisms of microbial challenge in mammals and the immunological responses in the host.
  7. Perform basic microbiological techniques

 


Overview of Learning Activities

You will partake in intensive laboratory immersion experiences and attendance at lectures. The course is supported by the Blackboard learning management system..

Total Study Hours

You will undertake around 4 hours per week of laboratory classes and lectures. In addition you can expect to spend a minimum of four hours per week in independent study.


Overview of Learning Resources

Lecture notes and laboratory manuals will be used as required and as appropriate. Links to further learning resources will be provided at the course site at myRMIT.

 


Overview of Assessment

Note that:

☒This course has no hurdle requirements.

☐ All hurdle requirements for this course are indicated clearly in the assessment regime that follows, against the relevant assessment task(s) and all have been approved by the College Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning & Teaching).

 

Assessment will be based on both individual and collaborative performance of requisite laboratory tasks and their subsequent write-up.

Formative Early Assessment 1: Quizzes and/or Microbiology Competencies

Weighting 20%

Note: these early quizzes enable formative assessment of foundation concepts in microbiology in order to provide you with helpful feedback to support development of your learning.

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 & 7

Assessment Task 2: Practical Assessments

Weighting 30%

This assessment task supports CLOs 3 & 7

 

Assessment 3: Final Examination

Weighting 50%

This assessment supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6