Molecular 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 development of practical skills and training in experimental approaches and concepts that are essential for laboratory research into molecular microbiology. We will focus on three key areas of modern microbiology: Environmental microbiology and the techniques required for the study of complex microbial communities; Microbial biotechnology, which explores how microbes can be used as cellular factories to produce useful products; and Medical microbiology, where molecular epidemiology is used to track a disease outbreak. In these practical sessions, experience will be gained handling live, potentially pathogenic microbes.The Unit will be assessed by in-lab continuous assessment, two written prac reports, a quiz, planning and protocol development, one 1-hour exam on the theory lectures and one 1-hour problem-based exam based on practical work. It is strongly recommended that students also take the complementary unit of study MICR3032 or MICR3932. It is strongly recommended that students also take the complementary unit of study MICR3032 or MICR3932.

Further unit of study information


One lecture per week. One 4-hour prac per week.


One 1-hour theory exam. One 1-hour theory of prac exam. In-lab continuous assessment, two prac reports, one quiz (100%).


Prescott's Microbiology (Willey et al) or Microbiology: an evolving science (Slonczewski and Foster) are useful texts to support the course content, but not essential.

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules

Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

MICR2022 or MICR2922 and at least 6 credit points of MBLG units. 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.



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.