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Techniques in Microbiology (MIIM30016)

Undergraduate level 3Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Overview

Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 3
Subject codeMIIM30016
Campus
Parkville
Availability(Quotas apply)
Semester 1
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject provides an overview of:

  1. methods used to identify and characterise infectious microbial agents;
  2. methods for studying the replication, gene function and evolution of pathogenic microbes and the interactions between infectious agents and their mammalian hosts;
  3. strategies used in constructing and presenting scientific reports, both oral and written.

Laboratory techniques covered include molecular methods and functional assays used for the identification and characterisation of bacteria and viruses, such as regulation of gene expression, gene expression following DNA transfection, flow cytometry, enzyme immunoassays, protein electrophoresis, bioinformatics and viral neutralization assays. Non-Laboratory sessions will be used for the introduction of practical topics, data analysis, critical discussion of scientific research publications and discussion of strategies used in constructing and presenting scientific reports, both oral and written.

Upon completion of the subject students will have:

  • used molecular methods and functional assays to identify important characteristics of microbes;
  • used common bioinformatics methods to analyse DNA and protein sequence data;
  • experience in the methodologies used to understand host-pathogen interactions;
  • developed skills in constructing and presenting scientific reports, both oral and written;
  • participated in group work activities, both within and outside the Laboratory; and
  • developed safe scientific work practices

Intended learning outcomes

Upon completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  • Describe and apply the principles and procedures involved in the identification and characterisation of infectious microbial agents
  • Describe and apply the use of molecular techniques to identify and characterise microbial determinants associated with disease
  • Describe the purpose of controls in the interpretation of experimental data
  • Keep clear and accurate laboratory records of all experimental work
  • Critically analyse and effectively communicate scientific ideas and findings in both oral and written form
  • Participate in group work activities within and outside the Laboratory
  • Demonstrate safe scientific work practices

Generic skills

On completion of this subject, students should have developed the following generic skills:

  • the ability to interpret scientific literature and interpret data from electronic databases.
  • the capacity to integrate knowledge across disciplines.
  • the ability to comprehend a question, evaluate the relevant information and communicate an answer.

Eligibility and requirements

Prerequisites

This subject is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Biomedicine and the Bachelor of Science.

B. Science students (pre 2013)

Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
MIIM20001 Principles of Microbiology & Immunology
Semester 1
12.5
MIIM20003
Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
MIIM30011 Medical Microbiology: Bacteriology
Semester 1
12.5

B. Science students (2013 on)

Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
MIIM20001 Principles of Microbiology & Immunology
Semester 1
12.5
MIIM20002 Microbes, Infections and Responses
Semester 2
12.5
MIIM30011 Medical Microbiology: Bacteriology
Semester 1
12.5

B. Biomedicine students

Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
BIOM20001 Molecular and Cellular Biomedicine
Semester 1
25
MIIM20002 Microbes, Infections and Responses
Semester 2
12.5
MIIM30011 Medical Microbiology: Bacteriology
Semester 1
12.5

NOTE: MIIM30011 can also be taken concurrently for all students.

Corequisites

None

Non-allowed subjects

This subject cannot be taken if students have gained credit for the following subjects:

Subject

526-321 Molecular Microbiology Techniques (pre 2010)

526-332 Techniques in Microbiology & Immunology (pre 2011)

MIIM30013 Techniques in Microbiology & Immunology (pre 2014)

Recommended background knowledge

The prerequisite subjects should have provided a solid background in Microbiology. An understanding of the molecules, genes and biology of the cell would be useful.

Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home

Assessment

Additional details

  • 1 x 2 hour end-of-semester exam (50%),
  • 2 x 5 minute oral presentations (to be submitted mid-semester and end of semester, 12.5% each)
  • 2 written reports (to be submitted mid-semester and end of semester, up to 1300 words each, 12.5% each)

Satisfactory use and completion of a Laboratory Notebook is required to pass this subject (ie. it is a hurdle requirement).

Attendance is compulsory. Students who miss more than 20% of the practical component of this subject will not be eligible for final assessment.

Quotas apply to this subject

Dates & times

  • Semester 1
    Principal coordinatorKarena Waller
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours1 x 1-hr tutorial per week plus up to 3 hrs practical per week (i.e. up to 36 hrs practical per semester) plus 1 hr lecture per week during semester
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period 4 March 2019 to 2 June 2019
    Last self-enrol date 3 February 2019
    Census date31 March 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail10 May 2019
    Assessment period ends28 June 2019

    Semester 1 contact information

    Principal Coordinator

    Associate Prof Karena Waller

    klwaller@unimelb.edu.au

    Subject Coordinator

    Associate Prof Odilia Wijburg

    odilia@unimelb.edu.au

    Administrative Coordinator

    BiomedSci-AcademicServices@unimelb.edu.au

Time commitment details

170 hours

Additional delivery details

An enrolment quota of 160 students applies to this subject.

For detailed information on the quota subject application process, refer to the Quota Subject link on the School of Biomedical Sciences Current Student Information webpage: http://biomedicalsciences.unimelb.edu.au/study/current-student-information/quota-subjects

Further information

  • Texts

    Prescribed texts

    Recommended texts and other resources

    Wilson, Salyers, Whitt, and Winkler, Bacterial Pathogenesis: a Molecular Approach, (3rd Edition), ASM Press USA.

    Principles of Virology, Flint SJ et al., 3rd Edition 2009 ASM Press USA (two volumes)

  • Subject notes

    This subject is available to students enrolled in the:

    Pre-2008 B. Sc
    Pre-2008 B. Biomed. Sc. (Stream 7).
    NG B. Sc.
    NG B. Biomed

    This subject is a practical subject. It requires attendance in at least 80% of all scheduled practical sessions.

    Whilst students will not be involved in the manipulation and handling of animals, reagents and media components derived from animals will be used in some experiments.

    These experiments will be approved by the University of Melbourne Animal Welfare Committee.

    Experiments contained in this unit will also be approved by the Biosafety and Gene Technology Committee.

    Students wishing to register in this subject after the Quota Selection Date or after week 1 of a Semester should contact the subject coordinators.

  • Available through the Community Access Program

    About the Community Access Program (CAP)

    This subject is available through the Community Access Program (also called Single Subject Studies) which allows you to enrol in single subjects offered by the University of Melbourne, without the commitment required to complete a whole degree.

    Entry requirements including prerequisites may apply. Please refer to the CAP applications page for further information.

    Additional information for this subject

    quota subject - application deadline as per http://biomedicalsciences.unimelb.edu.au/study/current-student-information/quota-subjects

  • Available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

    This subject is available to students studying at the University from eligible overseas institutions on exchange and study abroad. Students are required to satisfy any listed requirements, such as pre- and co-requisites, for enrolment in the subject.

Last updated: 13 March 2019