Table 1: Microbiology

Table 1 lists units of study available to students in the Bachelor of Science and combined degrees. The units are available to students enrolled in other degrees in accordance with their degree resolutions.

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MICR3032 Molecular Microbiology Concepts

Note: Students undertaking a major in microbiology must take MICR3042 or MICR3942.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, it brings in 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. It is strongly recommended that students also take the complementary unit of study MICR3042 or MICR3942. One of these two units is a required co-requisite for students completing a major in Microbiology.

Table 1 - Cell Pathology 7/4/2014
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MICR3932 Molecular Microbiology Concepts (Adv)

Note: Students undertaking a major in microbiology must take MICR3042 or MICR3942.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, it brings in 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 teach students how to research, write, review and evaluate scientific literature for publication. It is strongly recommended that students also take the complementary unit of study, MICR3042 or MICR3942. One of these two units is a required co-requisite for students completing a major in Microbiology.
Table 1 - Cell Pathology 7/4/2014

Unit of study Credit points A: Assumed knowledge P: Prerequisites C: Corequisites N: Prohibition Session

Microbiology

For a major in Microbiology, the minimum requirement is 24 credit points from senior units of study listed below.
Intermediate units of study
MICR2021
Microbial Life
6    P 6cp of Junior Biology and (6cp from MBLG1001 or MBLG1901 or PLNT2001 or PLNT2901) and 6cp of Junior Chemistry
N MICR2921, MICR2024 and all intermediate BMED units.


Students are very strongly recommended to complete (MICR2021 or MICR2921 or MICR2024) before enrolling in MICR2022 in Semester 2. For progression on to Senior Microbiology units, students must also complete (MBLG1001 or MBLG1901 or PLNT2001 or PLNT2901). This unit is not available to BMedSc students.
Semester 1
MICR2921
Microbial Life (Advanced)
6    P 6cp of Junior Biology and (6cp of MBLG1001 or MBLG1901 or PLNT2001 or PLNT2901) and 6cp of Junior Chemistry. Distinction grade required in at least one of Junior Biology or MBLG1001 or MBLG1901 or PLNT2001 or PLNT2901.
N MICR2021, MICR2024 and all intermediate BMED units.


Students are very strongly advised to complete MICR2021/2921 or MICR2024 before enrolling in MICR2022 or MICR2922 in Semester 2. For progression on to Senior Microbiology units, students must also complete MBLG1001 or MBLG1901 or PLNT2001 or PLNT2901. This unit is not available to BMedSc students.
Semester 1
MICR2022
Microbes in Society
6    A MICR2021 or MICR2921 or MICR2024
P 6cp of Junior Biology and (6cp from MBLG1001 or MBLG1901 or PLNT2001 or PLNT2901) and 6 of Junior Chemistry.
N MICR2922 and all intermediate BMED units.


Students are very strongly advised to complete MICR2021 or MICR2921 or MICR2024 before enrolling in MICR2022 in Semester 2. For progression on to Senior Microbiology units, students must also complete MBLG1001 or MBLG1901 or PLNT2001 or PLNT2901. This unit is not available to BMedSc students.
Semester 2
MICR2922
Microbes in Society (Advanced)
6    A MICR2021 or MBLG2921 or MICR2024
P 6cp of Junior Biology and (6cp from MBLG1001 or MBLG1901 or PLNT2001 or PLNT2901) and 6cp of Junior Chemistry. Distinction grade required in at least one of Junior Biology or MBLG1001 or MBLG1901 or PLNT2001 or PLNT2901.
N MICR2022 and all intermediate BMED units.


Students are very strongly advised to complete MICR2021 or MBLG2921 or MICR2024 before enrolling in MICR2922 in Semester 2. For progression on to Senior Microbiology units, students must also complete MBLG1001 or MBLG1901 or PLNT2001 or PLNT2901. This unit is not available to BMedSc students.
Semester 2
MICR2024
Microbes in the Environment
6    P 12 credit points of first year Biology
N MICR2001, MICR2901, MICR2003, MICR2007, MICR2011, MICR2021, MICR2921, MICR2909
Semester 2
Senior units of study
MICR3011
Microbes in Infection
6    P 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 (MICR2022 or MICR922).
N MICR3911
Semester 1
MICR3911
Microbes in Infection (Advanced)
6    P At least 6 credit points of MBLG units and Distinction in (MICR2022 or MICR2922). For BMedSc: 18 credit points of BMED units including (BMED2401 and Distinction in BMED2404) or (BMED2801 and BMED2802 and Distinction in BMED2807). For BScAgr students: (PLNT2001 or PLNT2901) and (MICR2022 or MICR2922) including one Distinction.
N MICR3011
Semester 1
MICR3032
Molecular Microbiology Concepts
6    A MICR2021 or equivalent introductory microbiology.
P 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.
N MICR3932


Students undertaking a major in microbiology must take MICR3042 or MICR3942.
Semester 2
MICR3932
Molecular Microbiology Concepts (Adv)
6    A MICR2021 or equivalent introductory microbiology.
P At least 6 credit points of MBLG units and Distinction in (MICR2022 or MICR2922) or For BMedSc: 18 credit points of BMED units including BMED2401, BMED2404 and Distinction in (BMED2401 or BMED2404) or (BMED2801 and BMED2802 and Distinction in BMED2807). For BScAgr students: (PLNT2001 or PLNT2901) and MICR2024 including one Distinction.
N MICR3032


Students undertaking a major in microbiology must take MICR3042 or MICR3942.
Semester 2
MICR3042
Molecular Microbiology Research Skills
6    A MICR2021 or equivalent introductory microbiology
P 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.
C MICR3032 or MICR3932
N MICR3942, MICR3022, MICR3922
Semester 2
MICR3942
Molecular Micro Research Skills (Adv)
6    A MICR2021 or equivalent introductory microbiology.
P MICR2022 or MICR2922 and at least 6 credit points of MBLG units. Entry into MICR3942 requires at least one Distinction in a previous MICR unit ((MICR2021 or MICR2921), (MICR2022 or MICR2922) or (MICR3011 or MICR3911)). For BMedSc: 18 credit points of BMED units including (BMED2401 and BMED2404) and a Distinction in BMED2401 or BMED2404 or (BMED2801 and BMED2802 and Distinction in BMED2807). For BScAgr students: (PLNT2001 or PLNT2901) and MICR2024.
C MICR3032 or MICR3932
N MICR3042, MICR3022, MICR3922
Semester 2
VIRO3001
Virology
6    A MICR2021/2921 or MICR2022/2922
P At least 6 credit points of MBLG units and at least 6 credit points in Intermediate MICR or BCHM or BIOL or IMMU or PCOL or PHSI or PLNT units. For BMedSc: 18 credit points of BMED units including (BMED2401 and BMED2404) or (BMED2801 and BMED2802 and BMED2807).
N VIRO3901


Students are very strongly advised to complete VIRO3001/3901 before enrolling in VIRO3002/3902 Medical and Applied Virology in Session 2.
Semester 1
VIRO3901
Virology (Advanced)
6    A MICR2021 or MICR2921 or MICR2022 or MICR2922
P At least 6 credit points of MBLG units and at least 6 credit points including one Distinction in Intermediate MICR or BCHM or BIOL or IMMU or PCOL or PHSI or PLNT units. For BMedSc: 18 credit points of BMED units including (BMED2401 and Distinction in BMED2404) or (BMED2801 and BMED2802 and Distinction in BMED2807). For BScAgr students: (PLNT2001 or PLNT2901) and MICR2024 including one Distinction.
N VIRO3001


Students are very strongly advised to complete VIRO3001 or VIRO3901 before enrolling in VIRO3002 or VIRO3902 Medical and Applied Virology in Session 2.
Semester 1
VIRO3002
Medical and Applied Virology
6    A Intermediate microbiology, immunology, molecular biology and genetics.
P 6 CP MBLG units and at least 6 CP from Intermediate MICR or BCHM or BIOL or IMMU or PCOL or PHSI units. For BMedSc: 18 credit points of BMED units including (BMED2401 and BMED2404) or (BMED2801 and BMED2802 and BMED2807).
N VIRO3902


Students are very strongly recommended to complete VIRO3001 or VIRO3901 before enrolling in VIRO3002 Medical and Applied Virology in Semester 2.
Semester 2
VIRO3902
Medical and Applied Virology (Advanced)
6    P As per VIRO3002 plus VIRO3001 (Distinction) or VIRO3901 (Credit). For BMedSc: 18 credit points of BMED units including (BMED2401 and BMED2404) plus a Distinction in VIRO3001 or credit in VIRO3901 OR (BMED2801 and BMED2802 and Distinction in BMED2807).
N VIRO3002
Semester 2

Microbiology

For a major in Microbiology, the minimum requirement is 24 credit points from senior units of study listed below.
Intermediate units of study
MICR2021 Microbial Life

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: A/Prof Andrew Holmes Session: Semester 1 Classes: Two 1-hour lectures per week, plus an additional six 1-hour tutorials per semester. Eleven 3-hour practicals per semester. Prerequisites: 6cp of Junior Biology and (6cp from MBLG1001 or MBLG1901 or PLNT2001 or PLNT2901) and 6cp of Junior Chemistry Prohibitions: MICR2921, MICR2024 and all intermediate BMED units. Assessment: One 2-hour theory exam, continuous assessment in practicals, two assignments, two quizzes, practical assessment exercises (100%) Associated degrees: B A, B A (Adv)(Hons), B A (Adv)(Hons), M B B S, B E, B Sc, B Sc (Molecular Biology & Genetics), B Sc (Nutrition), UG Study Abroad Program.
Note: Students are very strongly recommended to complete (MICR2021 or MICR2921 or MICR2024) before enrolling in MICR2022 in Semester 2. For progression on to Senior Microbiology units, students must also complete (MBLG1001 or MBLG1901 or PLNT2001 or PLNT2901). This unit is not available to BMedSc students.
Microorganisms are by far the most ubiquitous organisms on the planet, and underpin healthy ecosystems through nutrient recycling and biodegradation, as well as providing many aspects of plant and animal nutrition. They are used in many industrial processes such as producing enzymes, vitamins and antibiotics, and in the manufacture of some foods and beverages. Microorganisms can also cause problems, however, such as human, animal and plant diseases, poisoning, pollution and spoilage. The small size of most microrganisms means special techniques are required to view, measure, classify and identify them. In this unit of study, the diversity of microbial life, including viruses, bacteria, fungi, algae and protozoa, and their importance to humans, are introduced. The course is designed for the students wishing to major in microbiology as well as those requiring microbial skills while specializing in related fields, such as molecular biology.
Theoretical aspects of microbiology are supplemented with laboratory classes that teach the safe handling and viewing of microrganisms, and draw on research in microbiology laboratories.
Textbooks
Willey et al. Prescott's Microbiology. 8th edition. WCB/McGraw-Hill. 2010.
MICR2921 Microbial Life (Advanced)

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: A/Prof Andrew Holmes Session: Semester 1 Classes: Two 1-hour lectures per week, plus an additional six 1-hour tutorials and three 1-hour seminars per semester. Eleven 3-hour practicals per semester. Prerequisites: 6cp of Junior Biology and (6cp of MBLG1001 or MBLG1901 or PLNT2001 or PLNT2901) and 6cp of Junior Chemistry. Distinction grade required in at least one of Junior Biology or MBLG1001 or MBLG1901 or PLNT2001 or PLNT2901. Prohibitions: MICR2021, MICR2024 and all intermediate BMED units. Assessment: One 2-hour theory exam, continuous assessment in practical, two assignments, two quizzes, practical assessment exercises, essay (100%). Associated degrees: B A, B A (Adv)(Hons), B A (Adv)(Hons), M B B S, B Sc, B Sc (Molecular Biology & Genetics), UG Study Abroad Program.
Note: Students are very strongly advised to complete MICR2021/2921 or MICR2024 before enrolling in MICR2022 or MICR2922 in Semester 2. For progression on to Senior Microbiology units, students must also complete MBLG1001 or MBLG1901 or PLNT2001 or PLNT2901. This unit is not available to BMedSc students.
This unit of study is based on MICR2021 with three additional seminars on advanced aspects of the material covered in MICR2021. The content and nature of this component may vary from year to year.
Textbooks
Willey et al. Prescott's Microbiology. 8th edition. WCB/McGraw-Hill. 2010.
MICR2022 Microbes in Society

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Deborah Blanckenberg Session: Semester 2 Classes: Two 1-hour lectures per week, plus an additional four 1-hour tutorials per semester. Eleven 3-hour practicals per semester Prerequisites: 6cp of Junior Biology and (6cp from MBLG1001 or MBLG1901 or PLNT2001 or PLNT2901) and 6 of Junior Chemistry. Prohibitions: MICR2922 and all intermediate BMED units. Assumed knowledge: MICR2021 or MICR2921 or MICR2024 Assessment: One 2-hour theory exam, continuous assessment in practicals, two assignments, two quizzes, practical assessment exercises (100%) Associated degrees: B A, B A (Adv)(Hons), B A (Adv)(Hons), M B B S, B An Vet Bio Sc, B E, B Hort Sc, B L W Sc, B Sc, B Sc (Molecular Biology & Genetics), B Sc (Nutrition), B Sc Agr, UG Study Abroad Program.
Note: Students are very strongly advised to complete MICR2021 or MICR2921 or MICR2024 before enrolling in MICR2022 in Semester 2. For progression on to Senior Microbiology units, students must also complete MBLG1001 or MBLG1901 or PLNT2001 or PLNT2901. This unit is not available to BMedSc students.
Pathogenic microbes cause infectious diseases of humans, animals and plants, and inflict enormous suffering and economic losses. Beneficial microbes are important contributors to food production, agriculture, biotechnology, and environmental processes. The aims of MICR2022/2922 are to explore the impacts and applications of microbes in human society and in the environment at large, and to teach skills and specialist knowledge in several key areas of microbiology. Medical Microbiology lectures will cover bacterial, viral, and fungal pathogens, and will introduce the concepts of epidemiology, transmission, pathogenicity, virulence factors, host/parasite relationships, host defences, prevention of disease, and antibiotic types, functions, and resistance. Lecture topics in other areas include Food (preservation, spoilage, poisoning, industrial context), Industrial (fermentation, traditional and recombinant products, bioprospecting), Environmental (nutrient cycles, atmosphere, wastewater, pollution, biodegradation) and Agricultural (nitrogen fixation, plant pathogens, biocontrols). The laboratory sessions are integrated with the lecture series and are designed to give students practical experience in isolating, identifying and manipulating microorganisms.
Textbooks
Willey et al. Prescott's Microbiology. 8th edition. WCB/McGraw-Hill. 2010.
MICR2922 Microbes in Society (Advanced)

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Deborah Blanckenberg Session: Semester 2 Classes: Two 1-hour lectures per week, plus an additional four 1-hour tutorials, three 1-hour seminars and eleven 3-hour practicals per semester. Prerequisites: 6cp of Junior Biology and (6cp from MBLG1001 or MBLG1901 or PLNT2001 or PLNT2901) and 6cp of Junior Chemistry. Distinction grade required in at least one of Junior Biology or MBLG1001 or MBLG1901 or PLNT2001 or PLNT2901. Prohibitions: MICR2022 and all intermediate BMED units. Assumed knowledge: MICR2021 or MBLG2921 or MICR2024 Assessment: One 2-hour theory exam, continuous assessment in practicals, assignment, two quizzes, practical assessment exercises, essay (100%). Associated degrees: B A, B A (Adv)(Hons), B A (Adv)(Hons), M B B S, B Sc, B Sc (Molecular Biology & Genetics), UG Study Abroad Program.
Note: Students are very strongly advised to complete MICR2021 or MBLG2921 or MICR2024 before enrolling in MICR2922 in Semester 2. For progression on to Senior Microbiology units, students must also complete MBLG1001 or MBLG1901 or PLNT2001 or PLNT2901. This unit is not available to BMedSc students.
This unit of study is based on MICR2022 with three additional seminars on advanced aspects of the material covered in MICR2022. The content and nature of this component may vary from year to year.
Textbooks
Willey et al. Prescott's Microbiology. 8th edition. WCB/McGraw-Hill. 2010.
MICR2024 Microbes in the Environment

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: A/Prof Michael Kertesz Session: Semester 2 Classes: (2 lec, 3h prac)/wk Prerequisites: 12 credit points of first year Biology Prohibitions: MICR2001, MICR2901, MICR2003, MICR2007, MICR2011, MICR2021, MICR2921, MICR2909 Assessment: 1 x 2hr exam (60%), 4 x quizzes (15%), lab skills assessment (5%) and 1 x lab project report (20%) Associated degrees: B A, B A (Adv)(Hons), B A (Adv)(Hons), M B B S, B Env Sys, B Hort Sc, B L W Sc, B Sc, B Sc Agr.
This unit introduces the diversity of microbes found in soil, water, air, plants and animal environments. Through an examination of their physiology and genetics it explores their interactions with plants, animals and each other, and their roles as decomposers and recyclers in the environment. The soil is a rich microbial environment, and the concept of soil health and its relationship to plant growth is discussed. Practical classes introduce techniques and skills in isolating, quantifying and culturing microbes, designing and interpreting experiments to study microbial growth, and in preparing and presenting data.
Textbooks
Willey et al. 2007. Prescott/Harley/Klein's Microbiology 8th ed. McGraw-Hill
Senior units of study
MICR3011 Microbes in Infection

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Helen Agus Session: Semester 1 Classes: Two 1-hour lectures per week, eight 3-hour practical sessions and three 2-hour clinical tutorials per semester Prerequisites: 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 (MICR2022 or MICR922). Prohibitions: MICR3911 Assessment: Theory: One 2-hour exam and formative assessment (60%); In-semester: presentations, discussion facilitation, quiz, prac assessment (40%) Associated degrees: B A, B A (Adv)(Hons), B A (Adv)(Hons), M B B S, B Med Sc, B Sc, B Sc (Nutrition), UG Study Abroad Program.
This unit is designed to further develop an interest in, and understanding of, medical microbiology from the introduction in Intermediate Microbiology. Through an examination of microbial structure, virulence, body defences and pathogenesis, the process of acquisition and establishment of disease is covered. The unit is divided into three themes: 1. Clinical Microbiology: host defences, infections, virulence mechanisms; 2. Public health microbiology: epidemiology, international public health, transmission, water and food borne outbreaks; 3. Emerging and re-emerging diseases: the impact of societal change with respect to triggering new diseases and causing the re-emergence of past problems, case studies. The practical component is designed to enhance students' practical skills and to complement the lecture series. Clinical tutorial sessions underpin and investigate the application of the material covered in the practical classes.
Textbooks
Murray PR et al. Medical Microbiology. 7th edition. Mosby. 2013.
MICR3911 Microbes in Infection (Advanced)

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Mrs Helen Agus Session: Semester 1 Classes: Two 1-hour lectures per week including six 1-hour tutorials, eight 3-hour practical sessions and three 2-hour clinical tutorials per semester. Prerequisites: At least 6 credit points of MBLG units and Distinction in (MICR2022 or MICR2922). For BMedSc: 18 credit points of BMED units including (BMED2401 and Distinction in BMED2404) or (BMED2801 and BMED2802 and Distinction in BMED2807). For BScAgr students: (PLNT2001 or PLNT2901) and (MICR2022 or MICR2922) including one Distinction. Prohibitions: MICR3011 Assessment: Theory: One 2-hour exam, formative assessment (60%), Practical assessment: presentations, discussion facilitation, quiz, prac assessment (40%) Associated degrees: B A, B A (Adv)(Hons), B A (Adv)(Hons), M B B S, B Med Sc, B Sc, B Sc (Nutrition), UG Study Abroad Program.
This unit is available to students who have performed well in Intermediate Microbiology. MICR3911 is based on MICR3011 with a series of specific tutorials and self-directed learning to extend students beyond the core material. Consequently, the unit of study content may vary from year to year.
Textbooks
Murray PR.et al. Medical Microbiology. 7th ed., Mosby, 2013.
MICR3032 Molecular Microbiology Concepts

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: A/Prof Dee Carter Session: Semester 2 Classes: Three lectures per week and one 2-hour prac/tute per week Prerequisites: 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. Prohibitions: MICR3932 Assumed knowledge: MICR2021 or equivalent introductory microbiology. Assessment: One 1-hour exam (mid semester); One 2-hour exam (end of semester); One written assignment (report/essay); One presentation; One computer-based assessment exercise (100%) Associated degrees: B A, B A (Adv)(Hons), B A (Adv)(Hons), M B B S, B Med Sc, B Sc, B Sc (Molecular Biology & Genetics), B Sc (Nutrition), UG Study Abroad Program.
Note: Students undertaking a major in microbiology must take MICR3042 or MICR3942.
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, it brings in 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. It is strongly recommended that students also take the complementary unit of study MICR3042 or MICR3942. One of these two units is a required corequisite for students completing a major in Microbiology.
MICR3932 Molecular Microbiology Concepts (Adv)

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: A/Prof Dee Carter Session: Semester 2 Classes: Three lectures per week and one 2-hour prac/tute per week Prerequisites: At least 6 credit points of MBLG units and Distinction in (MICR2022 or MICR2922) or For BMedSc: 18 credit points of BMED units including BMED2401, BMED2404 and Distinction in (BMED2401 or BMED2404) or (BMED2801 and BMED2802 and Distinction in BMED2807). For BScAgr students: (PLNT2001 or PLNT2901) and MICR2024 including one Distinction. Prohibitions: MICR3032 Assumed knowledge: MICR2021 or equivalent introductory microbiology. Assessment: One 1-hour exam (mid semester); One 2-hour exam (end of semester); Three written assessments (100%) Associated degrees: B A, B A (Adv)(Hons), B A (Adv)(Hons), M B B S, B Med Sc, B Sc, B Sc (Molecular Biology & Genetics), B Sc (Nutrition), UG Study Abroad Program.
Note: Students undertaking a major in microbiology must take MICR3042 or MICR3942.
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, it brings in 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 teach students how to research, write, review and evaluate scientific literature for publication. It is strongly recommended that students also take the complementary unit of study, MICR3042 or MICR3942. One of these two units is a required corequisite for students completing a major in Microbiology.
Textbooks
None
MICR3042 Molecular Microbiology Research Skills

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Nicholas Coleman Session: Semester 2 Classes: One lecture per week. One 4-hour prac per week. Prerequisites: 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. Corequisites: MICR3032 or MICR3932 Prohibitions: MICR3942, MICR3022, MICR3922 Assumed knowledge: MICR2021 or equivalent introductory microbiology Assessment: One 1-hour theory exam. One 1-hour theory of prac exam. In-lab continuous assessment, two prac reports, one quiz. Associated degrees: B A, B A (Adv)(Hons), B A (Adv)(Hons), M B B S, B Hort Sc, B L W Sc, B Med Sc, B Sc, B Sc (Molecular Biology & Genetics), B Sc Agr, UG Study Abroad Program.
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. 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. Students enrolling in MICR3042 must also take the complementary Unit of Study MICR3032 or MICR3932.
Textbooks
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.
MICR3942 Molecular Micro Research Skills (Adv)

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Nicholas Coleman Session: Semester 2 Classes: One lecture per week. One 4-hour prac per week. Prerequisites: MICR2022 or MICR2922 and at least 6 credit points of MBLG units. Entry into MICR3942 requires at least one Distinction in a previous MICR unit ((MICR2021 or MICR2921), (MICR2022 or MICR2922) or (MICR3011 or MICR3911)). For BMedSc: 18 credit points of BMED units including (BMED2401 and BMED2404) and a Distinction in BMED2401 or BMED2404 or (BMED2801 and BMED2802 and Distinction in BMED2807). For BScAgr students: (PLNT2001 or PLNT2901) and MICR2024. Corequisites: MICR3032 or MICR3932 Prohibitions: MICR3042, MICR3022, MICR3922 Assumed knowledge: MICR2021 or equivalent introductory microbiology. Assessment: One 1-hour theory exam, seminar/poster presentation, lab book mark and supervisor mark based on research project. (100%) Practical field work: Research project in an academic microbiology lab, 48 hr total, at times decided between student and supervisor. Associated degrees: B A, B A (Adv)(Hons), B A (Adv)(Hons), M B B S, B Med Sc, B Sc, B Sc (Molecular Biology & Genetics), UG Study Abroad Program.
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 in molecular microbiology. This unit is unique among microbiology units in that the practical component of the course is entirely replaced by a research project undertaken in an academic microbiology lab. The lecture material in MICR3942 is organised in three key areas: 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. Students enrolling in MICR3942 must also take the complementary Unit of Study MICR3032 or MICR3932.
Textbooks
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.
VIRO3001 Virology

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Tim Newsome Session: Semester 1 Classes: 26 x 1-hour lectures, 7 x 4-hour practical classes, 1 x 2-hour tutorial Prerequisites: At least 6 credit points of MBLG units and at least 6 credit points in Intermediate MICR or BCHM or BIOL or IMMU or PCOL or PHSI or PLNT units. For BMedSc: 18 credit points of BMED units including (BMED2401 and BMED2404) or (BMED2801 and BMED2802 and BMED2807). Prohibitions: VIRO3901 Assumed knowledge: MICR2021/2921 or MICR2022/2922 Assessment: Pre-class assessment for practical classes: (5 x 1%), continuous assessment for practical classes: (3 x 2%), project assessment for practical classes: (7%), presentation on virology-themed research literature: (7%), theory of practical exam: (15%) (30 minutes), theory exam (60%) (120 minutes) Associated degrees: B Hort Sc, B L W Sc, B Med Sc, B Sc, B Sc (Nutrition), B Sc Agr, UG Study Abroad Program.
Note: Students are very strongly advised to complete VIRO3001/3901 before enrolling in VIRO3002/3902 Medical and Applied Virology in Session 2.
Viruses are some of the simplest biological machinery known yet they are also the etiological agents for some of the most important human diseases. New technologies that have revolutionised the discovery of viruses are also revealing a hitherto unappreciated abundance and diversity in the ecosphere, and a wider role in human health and disease. Developing new gene technologies have enabled the use of viruses as therapeutic agents, in novel vaccine approaches, gene delivery and in the treatment of cancer. This unit of study is designed to introduce students who have a basic understanding of molecular biology to the rapidly evolving field of virology. Viral infection in plant and animal cells and bacteria is covered by an examination of virus structure, genomes, gene expression and replication. Building upon these foundations, this unit progresses to examine host-virus interactions, pathogenesis, cell injury, the immune response and the prevention and control of infection and outbreaks. The structure and replication of sub-viral agents: viroids and prions, and their role in disease are also covered. The practical component provides hands-on experience in current diagnostic and research techniques such as molecular biology, cell culture, serological techniques, immunofluorescence and immunoblot and is designed to enhance the students' practical skills and complement the lecture series. Tutorials cover a range of topical issues and provide a forum for students to develop their communication and critical thinking skills.
Textbooks
Dimmock, Easton and Leppard. Introduction to Modern Virology. 6th edition. Blackwell.
VIRO3901 Virology (Advanced)

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Tim Newsome Session: Semester 1 Classes: 29 x 1-hour lectures, 7 x 4-hour practical classes, 4 x 1-hour tutorials Prerequisites: At least 6 credit points of MBLG units and at least 6 credit points including one Distinction in Intermediate MICR or BCHM or BIOL or IMMU or PCOL or PHSI or PLNT units. For BMedSc: 18 credit points of BMED units including (BMED2401 and Distinction in BMED2404) or (BMED2801 and BMED2802 and Distinction in BMED2807). For BScAgr students: (PLNT2001 or PLNT2901) and MICR2024 including one Distinction. Prohibitions: VIRO3001 Assumed knowledge: MICR2021 or MICR2921 or MICR2022 or MICR2922 Assessment: Pre-class assessment for practical classes: (5 x 1%), continuous assessment for practical classes: (3 x 2%), project assessment for practical classes: (7%), individual presentation on virology-themed research literature: (7%), theory of practical exam: (15%) (30 minutes), theory exam: (60%) (120 minutes) Associated degrees: B Med Sc, B Sc, B Sc (Nutrition), UG Study Abroad Program.
Note: Students are very strongly advised to complete VIRO3001 or VIRO3901 before enrolling in VIRO3002 or VIRO3902 Medical and Applied Virology in Session 2.
This unit is available to students who have performed well in Intermediate Microbiology and is based on VIRO3001 with additional lectures related to the research interests in the Discipline. Consequently, the unit of study content may change from year to year. Viruses are some of the simplest biological machinery known yet they are also the etiological agents for some of the most important human diseases. New technologies that have revolutionised the discovery of viruses are also revealing a hitherto unappreciated abundance and diversity in the ecosphere, and a wider role in human health and disease. Developing new gene technologies have enabled the use of viruses as therapeutic agents, in novle vaccine approaches, gene delivery and in the treatment of cancer. This unit of study is designed to introduce students who have a basic understanding of molecular biology to the rapidly evolving field of virology. Viral infection in plant and animal cells and bacteria is covered by an examination of virus structure, genomes, gene expression and replication. Building upon these foundations, this unit progresses to examine host-virus interactions, pathogenesis, cell injury, the immune response and the prevention and control of infection and outbreaks. The structure and replication of sub-viral agents: viroids and prions, and their role in disease are also covered. The practical component provides hands-on experience in current diagnostic and research techniques such as molecular biology, cell culture, serological techniques, immunofluroescence and immunoblot and is designed to enhance the students' practical skills and complement the lecture series. Advanced lectures cover cutting-edge research in the field of virology in small group discussions.
Textbooks
Dimmock, Easton and Leppard. Introduction to Modern Virology. 6th edition. Blackwell.
VIRO3002 Medical and Applied Virology

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: A/Prof Barry Slobedman Session: Semester 2 Classes: Two 1-hour lectures per week and one 4-hour practical per week. Prerequisites: 6 CP MBLG units and at least 6 CP from Intermediate MICR or BCHM or BIOL or IMMU or PCOL or PHSI units. For BMedSc: 18 credit points of BMED units including (BMED2401 and BMED2404) or (BMED2801 and BMED2802 and BMED2807). Prohibitions: VIRO3902 Assumed knowledge: Intermediate microbiology, immunology, molecular biology and genetics. Assessment: One 2-hour exam covering lecture material, one 2-hour theory of practical exam, written assignment and oral presentation (100%). Associated degrees: B Med Sc, B Sc, B Sc (Molecular Biology & Genetics), UG Study Abroad Program.
Note: Students are very strongly recommended to complete VIRO3001 or VIRO3901 before enrolling in VIRO3002 Medical and Applied Virology in Semester 2.
This unit of study explores diseases in human caused by viruses, with focus on the way viruses infect individual patients and spread in the community, and how virus infections are diagnosed, treated and/or prevented. Host/Virus interactions will also be described with a focus on the viral mechanisms that have evolved to combat and/or evade host defence systems. These features will be used to explain the symptoms, spread and control of particular human diseases ranging from the common cold to HIV. The unit will be taught by the Discipline of Infectious Diseases and Immunology within the Sydney Medical School with the involvement of associated clinical and research experts who will contribute lectures on their own special interests and with contributions from the Discipline of Microbiology. In the practical classes students will have the opportunity to develop their skills in performing methods currently used in diagnostic and research laboratories such as molecular analysis of viral genomes, immunofluorescent staining of viral antigens, cell culture and the culture of viruses.
Textbooks
Dimmock, Easton and Leppard. Introduction to Modern Virology. 6th edition. Blackwell. Flint, SJ et al. Principles of Virology, 3rd edition. ASM Press. 2009
VIRO3902 Medical and Applied Virology (Advanced)

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: A/Prof Barry Slobedman Session: Semester 2 Classes: Two 1 hour lectures and one 4 hour practical per week (as per VIRO3002), and interactive 1-hour tutorials. Prerequisites: As per VIRO3002 plus VIRO3001 (Distinction) or VIRO3901 (Credit). For BMedSc: 18 credit points of BMED units including (BMED2401 and BMED2404) plus a Distinction in VIRO3001 or credit in VIRO3901 OR (BMED2801 and BMED2802 and Distinction in BMED2807). Prohibitions: VIRO3002 Assessment: One 2-hour exam covering lecture material, one 2-hour theory of practical exam, written assignments and oral presentation (100%). Associated degrees: B Med Sc, B Sc, UG Study Abroad Program.
This unit is available to students who have performed well in VIRO3001 or VIRO3901 and is based on the VIRO3002 course with inclusion of tutorials, including with leading research medical virologists, enabling students to gain additional experience with cutting edge virology research. The content of this unit may change from year to year based on research interests within the department.
Textbooks
Dimmock, Easton and Leppard. Introduction to Modern Virology. 6th edition. Blackwell. Flint, SJ et al. Principles of Virology, 3rd edition. ASM Press. 2009