MIC2011 - Introduction to microbiology and microbial biotechnology - 2018

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.



Chief examiner(s)

Associate Professor Priscilla Johanesen


Mr Mohamed Mohideen

Unit guides



  • First semester 2018 (On-campus)


12 points of level one Chemistry or one of BIO1022, BMS1021 or BIO1722Not offered in 2018. Recommended: MCB2011 and MCB2022 (or MOL2011 and MOL2022)


BTH2711, BTH2830


The unit deals with the study of micro-organisms: their morphological and physiological characteristics, diversity and relationships and their importance to humans and the environment. Practical applications include, the study of selected micro-organisms in the environment and human body, concepts in microbial biotechnology including fermentation processes, control and use of micro-organisms in the food industry, water quality and bioremediation. The practical program includes microscopy, staining techniques, culturing, appropriate handling procedures and methods of enumeration and identification of micro-organisms. This unit provides a basis for the more advanced microbiology study.


On completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Describe different micro-organisms and the relationships that exist between them;
  2. Describe microbial cell structure, function, nutrition, physiology and growth and how micro-organisms are controlled;
  3. Explain microbial DNA replication, gene structure and expression, regulation of gene expression and mechanisms of genetic variation;
  4. Explain the role that micro-organisms play in the preservation, fermentation, preparation and spoilage of food;
  5. Outline environmental micro-organisms and their importance in the biogeochemical cycles, environmental pollution, water quality and treatment, bioremediation, bioleaching and waste treatment;
  6. Demonstrate basic microbiological laboratory skills such as the use of the microscope, microscopic staining and visualisation techniques, 'microbial culture', and be able to identify common species of bacteria and fungi;
  7. Demonstrate effective communication of microbial experiments by oral and written means.


Mid-semester test (50 mins): 10%

Examination: Theory Paper I (2 hours): 40% (Hurdle)

Examination: Practical Paper II (2 hours) (15%) and in semester practical assessment (35%): 50% (Hurdle)

This unit is subject to the Hurdle and Threshold Standards policiesHurdle and Threshold Standards policies (http://www.med.monash.edu.au/policies/assessment-policy-2017.html) of the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing & Health Sciences.

Workload requirements

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

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