MIC2011 - Introduction to microbiology and microbial biotechnology - 2019

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)

Dr Meredith Hughes


Mr Mohamed Mohideen

Unit guides



  • First semester 2019 (On-campus)


12 points of level one Chemistry or one of BIO1022, BMS1021 or BIO1722. Recommended: MCB2011 and MCB2022 (or MOL2011 and MOL2022)


The unit deals with the study of microorganisms: their morphological and physiological characteristics, diversity and relationships and their importance to humans and the environment. Practical applications include the study of selected microorganisms in the environment and human body, concepts in microbial biotechnology including fermentation processes, control and use of microorganisms 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 microorganisms. This unit provides a basis for the more advanced microbiology study.


On completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Describe different microorganisms and the relationships that exist between them;
  2. Describe microbial cell structure, function, nutrition, physiology and growth and how microorganisms 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 microorganisms play in the preservation, fermentation, preparation and spoilage of food;
  5. Outline environmental microorganisms 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 concepts and experiments by written means.


Mid-semester test (50 mins): 10%

Examination: Theory Paper 1 (2 hours): 40% (Hurdle)

In semester practical assessment: 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

A total of 12 hours per week including 6 hours of directed learning (such as lectures, practicals and workshops) and 6 hours of private study.

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