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MBIO19013 - Applications of Microbiology

General Information

Unit Synopsis

On successful completion of this unit, students will have a sound understanding of selected applications of microbiology. Students should be able to explain the fundamental principles of environmental microbiology with particular reference to air, food, water and wastewater, the role of microbes in relation to human health and epidemiology and the influences of microbes of human society. Students must attend a compulsory residential school or on-campus lab classes in order to achieve the leaning outcomes.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 2
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

MBIO19012 Microbiology or MBIO19003 Introductory Microbiology

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2020

Term 2 - 2020 Profile
Mixed Mode
Term 2 - 2021 Profile
Mixed Mode

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Presentation and Written Assessment 20%
2. Practical and Written Assessment 30%
3. Examination 50%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%).

Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades

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The unit will be undergoing a major redevelopment as part of the renewal of the science program. I will be keeping the parts that students are most happy with as much as possible.
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Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Explain the fundamental principles of environmental microbiology, with particular reference to air, food, water and wastewater.
  2. Discuss the role of microbes in relation to human health, with particular reference to the normal microbiota and exogenous microbes.
  3. Analyse the influences of microbes on human society and its activities.
  4. Apply the fundamental principles of microbial epidemiology to current issues relating to human/animal/plant health.
  5. Work with others to carry out relevant microbiological procedures in the laboratory in a safe and efficient manner.
  6. Interpret the results of laboratory experiments in the context of the underlying microbiological principles/applications.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 - Presentation and Written Assessment
2 - Practical and Written Assessment
3 - Examination
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Presentation and Written Assessment
2 - Practical and Written Assessment
3 - Examination