Course Title: Microbiology and Immunology

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Microbiology and Immunology

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Coordinator: Danilla Grando

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7135

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Bundoora West Campus 223.01.66

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment. Please email to request a time

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

A pass in BIOL2146 Cell Biology & Biochemistry,  BIOL2528 Biology & Chemistry for Human Biosciences or an introductory Biology course. 

Note: it is a condition of enrolment at RMIT that you accept responsibility for ensuring that you have completed the prerequisite/s and agree to concurrently enrol in co-requisite courses before enrolling in a course. 

For your information go to RMIT Course Requisites webpage. 

Course Description

This course introduces you to a basic understanding and in addition, the depth of knowledge required to situate your understanding of the importance of the microbial world in sustaining life. In addition, you will explore how humans respond to microbiological challenges, especially through an exploration of the human immune response that will include studying both innate and acquired immune responses. This course aims to provide you with the foundation practical and applied skills to enable you to progress to further studies in food microbiology, environmental microbiology, medical microbiology, and for advanced immunology courses. You will attend a comprehensive and compulsory on-campus practical component that will complement your exploration of the theory component. 

Capabilities you will develop in this course include knowledge, technical expertise (including streak dilution, aseptic technique and use of the microscope), critical analysis, written and oral communication skills and professional awareness of the importance of microbes to humans and the environment. You will also learn to work safely in a laboratory setting and perform a hand hygiene training program. 

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs) for:

BP231 Bachelor of Biomedical Science
BP311 Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:  

  1. Describe characteristics, taxonomy, and classification of bacteria and other microbes of importance to humans, and to apply this knowledge to various microbiology fields.
  2. Explain the importance of the immune system and distinguish between the different types of immune responses, in host-pathogen interactions. 
  3. Apply basic microbiology and immunology knowledge for detection, prevention and control of microbes and to safely perform microbiology and immunology techniques in a laboratory environment.  
  4. Analyse the results of investigation of selected case studies.  
  5. Communicate clearly and effectively via oral and written approaches using the proper scientific language in the field.  

Overview of Learning Activities

You are encouraged to be proactive and self-directed in your learning, including asking questions of your teachers and/or peers and seek out information as required, especially from the numerous sources available through the RMIT library, and through links and material specific to this course that are available through the myRMIT Studies Course Site. 

You will be actively engaged in a range of online and face-to-face learning activities such as lectorials, laboratory practicals, seminars, project work, class discussion, individual and group activities. Lectorials will be scheduled face-to-face with simulcast through the online learning portal. You have the option to attend in class or online and lectorials are recorded in case you wish to view them at a later time. Students are encouraged to attend lectorials live so that they have the option to participate in engaging activities during these classes. Attendance and completion of the on campus practical sessions is compulsory in this course.  

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through myRMIT Studies Course Site. You will have access to an online version of the textbook through this site. 

There are services available to support your learning through the University Library. The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help as well as a range of study support services. For further information, please visit the Library page on the RMIT University website and the myRMIT student portal. 

Overview of Assessment

Assessment Tasks include:  

Assessment 1:  Online Tests   
Weighting 30% 
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2 

Assessment 2: Seminar Presentation 
Weighting 20% 
This assessment task supports CLOs 2, 4 & 5 

Assessment 3: Practical Assessments
Weighting 30%
This assessment task supports CLOs 3, 4 & 5 

Assessment 4: Project Report 
Weighting 20% 
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 4 & 5 

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.