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

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Residential School Compulsory Residential School
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Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2018

Term 2 - 2018 Profile
Mixed Mode
Term 2 - 2019 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 Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2017 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.7 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 77.78% response rate.

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Source: Students, self reflection
The unit ran very well and students were happy with it overall. The students would like a reminder to refresh their maths skills before coming to residential school.
The course will have no significant changes. I will remind students that maths is an important component of the residential school.
Action Taken
Mathematical problems were worked through in residential school.
Source: Student evaluation, self-reflection.
Students were happy with the unit overall, in particular the more practical aspects.
Since students are happy with the unit, there will be no major changes to it at this point.
Action Taken
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