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BTH2711 - Introductory microbiology

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Science

Leader: Dr Alan Howgrave-Graham


Gippsland First semester 2007 (Day)
Gippsland First semester 2007 (Off-campus)


Introductory microbiology begins with an overview of microbiology and microorganisms. Microscopy and staining are covered, followed by a general introduction to the structure and function of microorganisms, emphasising the concept of the cell as a dynamic unit. The handling of microorganisms, including their nutritional requirements, growth, and their response to environmental factors will be discussed. Consideration of methods for control of microorganisms follows. The unit concludes with a study of the eucaryotes, with the fungi being considered in more detail than the algae and protozoa.


On completion of this unit students will be able to handle, grow, and examine microorganisms in the laboratory. They will be able to describe the structure and function of prokaryotic cells, and explain how they maintain a stable environment in different conditions. They will be able to discuss the effects of nutritional requirements and environmental conditions on growth of microorganisms, apply the theory of bacterial growth to practical situations and enumerate them. They will be able to demonstrate how microorganisms can be controlled. Students will be able to identify common fungi, and discuss the main properties of algae, protozoa, and parasitic helminths.


Mid-semester short-answer test (45 mins): 10%
Final examination (3 hours): 60%
Practical work and laboratory reports: 30%

Contact hours

Three hours of lectures/tutorials and three hours of laboratory classes per week.

Off Campus Attendance Requirements

OCL students undertake a 5-day residential school program (offered in odd-numbered years)


BIO1722 and CHM1011 or CHM1731


MIC2011, BTH2766