Microbiology Research Skills (MICR3042)


Research in molecular microbiology is needed to tackle problems in medicine, agriculture, environmental science, and biotechnology. This Unit of Study focuses on developing practical skills and training in experimental approaches and that are essential for laboratory research in molecular microbiology, together with knowledge of the underlying theoretical concepts. We will focus on key areas of modern microbiology including Bioremediation, where micro-organisms are used to break down harmful substrates in the environment; Microbial biotechnology, which explores how microbes can be used as cellular factories to produce useful products; Medical microbiology, where molecular epidemiology is used to track a disease outbreak, and Yeast genetics, where we explore genes and protein interaction networks that cells regulate in their response to antibiotic agents. It is strongly recommended that students also take the complementary unit of study MICR3032 or MICR3932.

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Further unit of study information


Two lectures per week from week 1-7. One 4-hour prac per week.


One 1-hour theory exam (40%). One 1-hour theory of prac exam, one 2-hour practical exam, in-lab continuous assessment, one prac report, one short video presentation, one quiz (60%).

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules


[6cp from (BIOL1XXX, MBLGXXXX) and 6cp from MICR2X22] OR [BMED2401 and BMED2404 and 6cp of BMED240X] OR [MICR2024 and GENE2002]


MICR3942 or MICR3022 or MICR3922 

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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.