This unit of study introduces students to key concepts in cellular and molecular microbiology. 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 teaches the creative presentation of science to both fellow scientists and the public by designing a website around an area of interest in microbiology.
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, assessment of website.
BMedSc degree students: You must have successfully completed BMED2401 and an additional 12cp from BMED240X before enrolling in this unit.
MICR2X21 or MICR2024 or MICR2X31
[6cp from (BIOL1XX7 or MBLGXXXX) and a mark of 70 or above in 6cp from (MEDS2004 or MICR2X22 or MIMI2X02)] OR [BMED2401 and BMED2404 and a mark of 70 or above in 6cp from (BMED2401 or BMED2404)] OR [6cp from (MICR2024 or MICR2X31) and a mark of 70 or above in 6cp from (GEGE2X01 or GENE2002)]Prohibitions