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MIC2011 - Microbiology

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Science

Leader: Mr Mohamed Mohideen


Clayton First semester 2007 (Day)
Malaysia First semester 2007 (Day)
Malaysia Second semester 2007 (Day)


Introduction to microorganisms (bacteria, fungi, viruses and protozoa) and to the experimental methods used in their study. Describes their nature and life in terms of their structure, physiology, growth, control, diversity and relationships. Practical applications of control of their growth are considered in food microbiology, and selected important groups of bacteria are discussed in detail. Practical class program includes microscopy and staining techniques, culturing of microorganisms, appropriate handling techniques, and methods of enumeration and identification of bacteria. A basis for the more advanced microbiology subjects is provided.


On completion of this unit students will appreciate the diversity among microorganisms, and the relationships between them. They will understand aspects of microbial cell structure, function, nutrition, physiology and growth, and be aware of the theoretical basis of common sterilisation and disinfection methods. Students will understand the role of microorganisms in the preservation, preparation and spoilage of food, and be aware of the important bacteria involved in environmental cycles and in medicine. Additionally, students will acquire skills in the use of basic microbiological equipment such as the microscope and steam steriliser, and in microscopic staining and visualisation techniques. Students will be able to culture and identify common species of bacteria and fungi, and will gain experience in report preparation and oral presentations.


Mid-semester test (50 min): 15%
Examinations (1 and 2 hours): 25% and 40%
Practical reports and quizzes: 15%
Laboratory practical skills: 5%

Contact hours

Three 1-hour lectures and one 3-hour practical/tutorial/self-directed learning exercise per week


12 points of level-one Chemistry or BIO1022 or BMS1021 + Recommended: MOL2011 and MOL2022