Curriculum & Course Descriptions


BS2002 Microbiology

Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Scott RICE (email:, Associate Professor Kevin Pethe (email: kevin. )

Academic Unit: 3 AU

Availability: Semester 1

Pre-requisite: BS1001

Course Type: BS-Core, BMS-Core, UE

Language of instruction: English

Teaching hours: Lectures: 26 hours, Tutorials: 13 hours

Learning Objective:

This course aims to introduce the general concepts of microbiology and its impact on the environment and society. The course will examine the range of applications of microorganisms in industry and as part of this you will learn the basic cellular organisation and function of key microorganisms and understand the special requirements for microbial growth especially in how it relates to control of microorganisms in the environment or during infection. The course will help you to understand the genetic mechanisms and physiological responses that drive interactions between microorganisms and their environment.


Upon successfully completing this course, you should be able to:

  1. Evaluate the impact microorganisms have on the environment and society
  2. List a number of important microorganisms and discoveries in microbiology
  3. Describe and distinguish the main features of microorganisms
  4. Describe the requirements and mechanisms that are important for microbial growth and death
  5. Explain how different microorganisms interact with their environment (disease, environmental biology)
  6. Relate microorganisms and specific diseases or environmental states
  7. Evaluate the impact microorganisms have on the environment and society in daily life


Prescott's Microbiology by Joanne M Willey; Linda Sherwood; Christopher J Woolverton; Lansing M Prescott; McGraw-Hill, ISBN: 978-0-07-340540-6

Reading will also be provided where it supplements the lectures and in preparation for the tutorials.

*Prerequisites for Incoming Exchange Students: Equivalent of A-Level Biology and science or engineering major