Microbes are key agents of global change, providing important catalysts and resources for industry and biotechnology, and having a critical impact on human and animal health. This unit takes the fundamental concepts and skills learned in 2nd year microbiology units and weaves them together with strands from environmental, industrial, and medical microbiology in four sections: (1) Concepts in Modern Microbiology strengthens your foundational knowledge of the molecular biology, biochemistry and physiology of environmental and industrial microbes. (2) Microbes in Environmental Change provides you with an understanding of how these microbes are used to manage soil and water quality in natural and polluted environments. (3) Microbes in Industry helps you explore biotechnology and fermentation in the microbial manufacture of antibiotics and other high-value metabolites, and in (4) Microbes in Human Health you will evaluate biosecurity, bioterrorism, and ecological aspects of antimicrobial use. Much of the content in each section is delivered in student-led group seminars, which will develop your skills in critical analysis of research papers, collaboration and discussion. The content is integrated with the practical component, which for this Advanced unit is a lab research project working with an academic in the Microbiology discipline. As well as advanced experimental techniques, you will gain the collaboration and planning skills needed for a sustained research project. These research projects emphasise in-depth reading in the primary scientific literature and more advanced molecular microbiology skills and will equip you well for a career in microbiology-related subjects.
Unit details and rules
|Life and Environmental Sciences Academic Operations
|MICR3042 or MICR3052 or MICR3942
|A mark of 70 or above in (MIMI2X02 or MEDS2004 or MICR2X22 or BMED2404)
2000 level microbiology (MICR2X21 or MICR2024 or MICR2X31)
|Available to study abroad and exchange students