Course Title: Microbiology (AD)

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Microbiology (AD)

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

BIOL2368

City Campus

Undergraduate

155T Vocational Health and Sciences

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016

BIOL2368

City Campus

Undergraduate

174T School of VE Engineering, Health & Science

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2017

Course Coordinator: Dinah van Ruyven

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 4287

Course Coordinator Email: dinah.vanruyven@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: 51.4.01


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Enforced Pre-requisites: ONPS2429 Introduction to Genetics & Microbiology

Students are not permitted to enrol in this course until the prerequisite is satisfied by a pass grade in the above specified RMIT course, or credit granted for the prerequisite course.


Course Description

This second year course follows on from the introductory studies in microbiology undertaken in Introduction to Genetics and Microbiology. It will provide you with an understanding of a range of microorganisms such as bacteria, fungi, algae and viruses. You will study the beneficial and harmful effects of microorganisms as well as the health and biotechnological applications of microbiology.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for AD012 Associate Degree in Applied Science:
1. Knowledge Capability: develop an understanding of appropriate and relevant fundamental and applied scientific knowledge with the ability to use and apply that knowledge in a wide range of situations, including new situations within the professional discipline.
2. Technical Capability: the selection and use of appropriate laboratory and other materials and equipment and the ability to employ them in a safe and responsible manner to achieve the desired outcome. This will include the ability to follow standard operating procedures.
3. Problem Solving: apply scientific principles and methods to identify and solve problems associated with a particular area of professional expertise.
4. Teamwork: contribute in a constructive manner to group and team activities and decision making processes


On completion of this course you should be able to:
1. explain the different growth requirements and the control of growth of a range of microorganisms
2. identify microorganisms based on biochemical reactions and colony morphology
3. explain the importance of microorganisms to health & specific diseases
4. Work independently and cooperatively in the laboratory in a safe manner
5. Follow standard operating procedures


Overview of Learning Activities

• Face to face teaching to obtain an understanding of fundamentals of Microbiology.
• Laboratory work to give to you the skills in a range of microbiolgy laboratory techniques. It is also designed to build skills in critical analysis where you will be interpreting results based on your knowledge and technical capabilities.
• Videos, simulation, and laboratory sessions: to understand the key concepts of Microbiology and its practical applications, and how to apply theory to practice. You are encouraged to watch videos on special topics available in the Carlton Library. The lab work/simulations allow you to develop skills in understanding principles and critical analysis.


Overview of Learning Resources

You will use the current laboratory manual for each practical class. You will need to access Blackboard on a weekly basis to prepare for theory and practical classes. You will also need to read sections of the recommended textbook and may be referred to other resources available in the Library, such as videos and the subject learning guide.
http://rmit.libguides.com/appliedscience

Recommended text book: Tortora, Funke & Case. (2015) Microbiology: An Introduction, latest edition, Pearson/ Benjamin Cummings


Overview of Assessment

This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment tasks

Early Assessment Task: Laboratory reports (2)
Weighting 30%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2 & 5

Assessment Task 2: Written tests (2)
Weighting 60%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3 & 4

Assessment Task 3: Logbook
Weighting 5%
This assessment task supports CLOs 2,4 & 5

Assessment 4: Practical test
Weighting 5%
This assessment supports CLOs 2, 4 & 5