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BTH2722 - Microbial function and immunology

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Science

Leader: Dr Alan Howgrave-Graham


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


The unit begins by introducing the viruses: their structure, replication, cultivation and classification. Bacterial genetics is then introduced with an emphasis on how changes can occur to the bacterial genome. The unit then covers bacterial metabolism, emphasizing the principles of catabolism and energy production as well as introducing the anabolic pathways used by bacteria. The taxonomy of procaryotes and the major groups of bacteria are examined, with the most important genera and species being described. This includes consideration of the Archaea. In the final section the student is introduced to the basic principles of immunology.


On completion of this unit students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of the characteristics of viruses and a familiarity with their classification, describe how mutations bring about genetic change, describe and compare the methods of exchange and recombination of genetic material in bacteria, discuss the importance of plasmids and transposons, compare the methods of catabolism and energy production in bacteria, discuss the biosynthesis of macromolecules other than proteins and nucleic acids, be able to identify common bacteria, and show an understanding of the basic principles of immunology.


Mid-semester short-answer test (45 mins): 10%
Final examination (3 hours): 60%
Practical work, comprising 13 laboratory reports: 30%

Contact hours

Three hours of lectures/ tutorials and 3 hours laboratory classes per week.

Off Campus Attendance Requirements

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




MIC2022, BTH2777