Cellular and Molecular Microbiology (Adv) (MICR3932)


This unit of study introduces students to key areas of research in molecular microbiology. Building on knowledge gained in MICR2021 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.The first set of practical/tutorial sessions are small-group sessions led by an academic, which are focused on critical interpretation of the scientific literature in the area of host-microbe interactions. The focus is on evaluating the scientific significance of published papers, and determining the level of experimental support for key conclusions. The second set of prac sessions continue with the small-group, academic-led critical evaluation of scientific literature, but with a different topic area (mobile genetic elements); the focus is again on evaluating significance, and linking experimental methods to conclusions. 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


Theory (60%): One 1-hour theory exam (mid semester); one 2-hour exam (end of semester); Prac (40%): one written assessment task, one 1-hour prac exam (in-semester, week 13)



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Unit of study rules

Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

[(6 credit points of MBLG1XXX or MBLG2XXX) and a mark of 75 in (MICR2022 or MICR2922)] OR [BMED2401 and BMED2404 and (a mark of 75 in BMED2401 or BMED2404) and 6 additional credit points of BMED240X] OR [(MICR2024) and (a mark of 75 in GENE2002)].



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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.