Microbiology Research Skills (Adv) (MICR3942)


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 that are essential for laboratory research in molecular microbiology, together with knowledge of the underlying theoretical concepts. In this Unit the practical component is entirely replaced by a research project undertaken in an academic microbiology lab. The lecture material in MICR3942 is focuses on the areas of microbial biotechnology and bioremediation, and the genetic and molecular diversity of medically important eukaryotic microbes. It is strongly recommended that students also take the complementary unit of study, MICR3032 or MICR3932.

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One lecture per week. Project work equivalent to 4 hours per week.


One 1-hour theory exam, one 2-hour practical exam, seminar/poster presentation, lab book mark and supervisor mark based on research project (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.

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Unit of study rules

Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

[(6 credit points of MBLG1XXX or MBLG2XXX and (MICR2022 or MICR2922) and a mark of 75 in (MICR2021 or MICR2921 or MICR2022 or MICR2922 or MICR3011 or MICR3911)] OR [BMED2401 and BMED2404 and (a mark of 75 in BMED2401 or BMED2404) and 6 additional credit points of BMED] OR [(MICR2024) and (a mark of 75 in GENE2002)].


MICR3022 or MICR3922 or MICR3042 

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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.