MIIM30016 Techniques in Microbiology
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This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2017:
Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.Show/hide 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
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|Time Commitment:||Contact Hours: 1 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 |
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This subject is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Biomedicine and the Bachelor of Science.
B. Science students (pre 2013)
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Not offered in 2017
B. Science students (2013 on)
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B. Biomedicine students
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NOTE: MIIM30011 can also be taken concurrently for all students.
|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.
|Non Allowed Subjects:|| |
This subject cannot be taken if students have gained credit for the following subjects:
526-321 Molecular Microbiology Techniques (pre 2010)
526-332 Techniques in Microbiology & Immunology (pre 2011)
MIIM30013 Techniques in Microbiology & Immunology (pre 2014)
|Core Participation Requirements:|| |
For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.
It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/disability
CoordinatorDr Karena Waller, Dr Odilia Wijburg
Dr Karena Waller
Dr Odilia Wijburg
|Subject Overview:|| |
This subject provides an overview of:
(i) methods used to identify and characterise infectious microbial agents;
(ii) methods for studying the replication, gene function and evolution of pathogenic microbes and the interactions between infectious agents and their mammalian hosts;
(iii) 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:
|Learning Outcomes:|| |
Upon completion of this subject, students should be able to:
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.
|Recommended Texts:|| |
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)
|Breadth Options:|| |
This subject is not available as a breadth subject.
|Fees Information:||Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date|
|Generic Skills:|| |
On completion of this subject, students should have developed the following generic skills:
This subject is available to students enrolled in the:
Pre-2008 B. Sc
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.
|Biomedical Biotechnology (specialisation of Biotechnology major) |
Immunology (pre-2008 Bachelor of Science)
Infection and Immunity
Microbiology (pre-2008 Bachelor of Science)
Science-credited subjects - new generation B-SCI and B-ENG.
Selective subjects for B-BMED