Experimental Microbiology

Subject MIIM20003 (2012)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2012.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 2 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2012:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 12 lectures (one per week) and 36 hours of practical work (three hours per week) (total contact hours: 48)
Total Time Commitment:

120 hours

Study Period Commencement:
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Study Period Commencement:
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Note: MIIM20001 Principles of Microbiology & Immunology may also be taken concurrently.

Students who have obtained 40 - 49% for MIIM20001 Principles of Microbiology & Immunology are advised to discuss the possibility of being accepted into this subject with the subject coordinators.

Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge:

That which is associated with the prerequisite subjects.

Non Allowed Subjects:
Core Participation Requirements:

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study and reasonable steps will be made to enhance a student’s participation in the University’s programs.
This subject requires all students to actively and safely participate in laboratory activities. Students who feel their disability may impact upon their participation are encouraged to discuss this with the subject coordinator and the Disability Liaison Unit:



Dr Karena Waller, Ms Cheryl Power


Academic Coordinators

Ms Cheryl Power


Dr Karena Waller


Administrator Coordinator

Ms Chantelle Linnett


Subject Overview:

Microbiology is essentially a practical science and an integral part of many aspects of everyday life. This subject illustrates this connection by involving students in a series of experiments that demonstrate the use and application of many basic microbiological techniques. Experiments investigate the culture and microscopic examination of bacteria, viruses and fungi, and explore ways of detecting the presence of bacteria in food and water samples and clinical specimens. Protocols to measure the growth of bacteria as well as procedures to control growth are examined. This subject prepares students for more advanced practical subjects by providing basic training in the way in which experiments can be executed, results evaluated and reports compiled.


Upon completion of this course students should have:

  • acquired knowledge of the basic laboratory methods used in microbiology, when to use them and the ability to perform them safely and effectively;
  • an understanding of how practical studies augment theoretical studies of the structure, function and activities of microorganisms;
  • an experience of the laboratory as an interesting and stimulating environment in which to work;
  • an appreciation of real-life applications of microbiological techniques and their relevance to industry and community health and well-being.
  • Ongoing assessment of practical reports due during the semester (40%);
  • Ongoing assessment of laboratory notebook during the semester (10%);
  • A 2-hour practical examination during the semester (50%).

Satisfactory completion of the laboratory work and written reports, as well as a pass in the practical examination are necessary to pass this subject.

Attendance is compulsory. Students who miss more than 20% of the practical component of this subject will not be eligible for final assessment

Prescribed Texts:
  • Department of Microbiology Techniques Manual (University of Melbourne).
  • Microbiology (Prescott, Harley and Klein's Microbiology), 8th edn, 2010, Willey J, Sherwood L, Woolverton C.

Breadth Options:

This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

You should visit learn more about breadth subjects and read the breadth requirements for your degree, and should discuss your choice with your student adviser, before deciding on your subjects.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

Upon completion of this course students should have developed observational, organisational and practical skills in obtaining data and in analysing, reporting, evaluating and interpreting experimental findings.


This subject is not available to the Bachelor of Biomedicine students.

Students wishing to register in this subject after week 1 of a Semester should contact the course coordinators.

Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Science credit subjects* for pre-2008 BSc, BASc and combined degree science courses
Science-credited subjects - new generation B-SCI and B-ENG. Core selective subjects for B-BMED.

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