Microbes in Society (Advanced) (MICR2922)


This unit of study is based on MICR2022. The science communication exercise is unique to MICR2922 and consists of three small group sessions exploring how recent advances in microbiology are communicated to the wider public. This advanced component replaces one assignment exercise from the practical class and is assessed as short essay. The content and nature of this component is based on recent publications with potential high impact for society.

Further unit of study information


Two 1-hour lectures per week, plus an additional four 1-hour tutorials, three 1-hour seminars and eleven 3-hour practicals per semester.


One 2-hour theory exam, continuous assessment in practicals, assignment, two quizzes, practical assessment exercises, essay (100%).


Willey et al. Prescott's Microbiology. 8th edition. WCB/McGraw-Hill. 2010.

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules

Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

6cp of Junior Biology and (6cp from MBLG1001 or MBLG1901 or PLNT2001 or PLNT2901) and 6cp of Junior Chemistry. Distinction grade required in at least one of Junior Biology or (MBLG1001 or MBLG1901 or PLNT2001 or PLNT2901)

MICR2021 or MBLG2921 or MICR2024


MICR2022 or MICR2002 or MICR2902 or MICR2004 or MICR2008 or MICR2012 or MICR2909

Study this unit outside a degree

Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.