Molecular Microbiology Concepts (MICR3032)


This Unit of Study introduces students to key areas of research in molecular microbiology. Building on knowledge gained in MICR2012 and MICR2022, as well as MBLG1001, the lectures explore areas of microbial evolution, pathogenesis, physiology, ecology, biotechnology and genetics, with each key theme explored with a series of 6 lectures led by an expert in the field. Lectures will be complemented with practical/tutorial sessions that explore recent research in these areas. The first set of practical/tutorial sessions are small-group sessions led by demonstrators, which are focused on critical interpretation of the scientific literature in the area of host-microbe interactions. The focus is on experimental design, and analysis of the raw data. The second set of pracs are bioinformatics labs, which introduce software such as ORF Finder, BLAST, ClustalX, and TreeView and databases such as NCBI-Nucleotide and KEGG; the aim is to figure out the identity, functions, and biotech. applications of a mystery piece of microbial DNA. It is strongly recommended that students also take the complementary unit of study MICR3042 or MICR3942.

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Three lectures per week and one 2-hour prac/tute per week


One 1-hour theory exam (mid semester); one 1-hour prac exam (open book, mid-semester), one 2-hour theory exam (end of semester); one oral presentation and associated powerpoint document; One presentation; one computer-based assessment exercise. (100%)

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Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

At least 6 credit points of MBLG units and (MICR2022 or MICR2922). For BMedSc: 18 credit points of BMED units including (BMED2401 and BMED2404) or (BMED2801 and BMED2802 and BMED2807). For BScAgr students: (PLNT2001 or PLNT2901) and MICR2024.

MICR2021 or equivalent introductory microbiology.



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