SLE234 - Microbiology


2023 unit information

Enrolment modes: Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125

SLE111 or for students enrolled in H300 - SLE111 or HMM102 and HMM103



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Study commitment

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus
3 x 1 hour online classes per week, 6 x 1 hour seminars per trimester, 6 x 3 hour practicals per trimester and 2 x 2 hour workshops per trimester.


Microbiology is the study of microscopic unicellular organisms, which are the prokaryotes (such as bacteria), eukaryotes (such as algae) and the viruses. It will cover the study of the structure of microorganisms, how they function, grow and reproduce, the relationship between microorganisms and their environment and the ability of bacterial gene expression to respond to prevailing environmental signals.  In this unit, students will explore the history of the discipline of microbiology and the cell structure of prokaryotes, unicellular eukaryotes and viruses. We will investigate the very important role that microorganisms have in human health and disease but also in the environment and how the environment impacts on their ability to grow and divide. The incredible increase in understanding of bacterial genomes will be explored and how this has allowed us to make large strides in medical microbiology, pharmaceutical and industrial biotechnology and food and agricultural microbiology.

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