MBIO19012 - Microbiology
Term 1 - 2017


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Overview

On successful completion of this unit, students will have a sound understanding of the fundamentals of microbiology. Students should be able to explain the principles by which microbes are classified, the relationship between form and function, the mechanisms by which genetic change occurs and the dynamics of growth and multiplication. Flex and Rockhampton students must attend a compulsory residential school or on-campus lab classes in order to achieve the leaning outcomes.

Details

Career Level Undergraduate
Unit Level Level 2
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 7A
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

BIOL11099 Living Systems or BIOL 11100 Functional Biology or SCIE11022 Introductory Science or BIOH11005 Introductory Anatomy and Physiology or BMSC11001 Human Body Systems 1

Residential Schools

This unit has a Compulsory Residential School for distance mode students and the details are:
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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).

Offerings

Term 1 - 2017
  • Mixed Mode
  • Rockhampton

Website

This unit has a website, within the Moodle system, which is available two weeks before the start of term. It is important that you visit your Moodle site throughout the term. Go to Moodle

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.

Class Timetable

Assessment Overview

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 20%
2. Practical and Written Assessment 20%
3. Examination 60%

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.

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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.

Feedback Source Recommendation
Students loved the residential school. It was very well organized and the pre-lab videos were very useful. Moodle unit evaluation + individual feedback (verbal) The residential schools will continue in the new format.
Students would like more equipment for residential school so there is less time spent waiting. Moodle unit evaluation The high cost of some equipment means that it is not feasible to have equipment for each individual student. I will revise the lab timetable to try to run more things concurrently, so that students can move on to the next exercise instead of waiting. Overall though, the labs ran on time and nobody missed out on any exercises.
Some students struggled with the written assessment: microorganism design. Moodle unit evaluation + email/phone A few students seemed to have over-complicated the assessment task (microbe design) which made the task more difficult. I will include some restrictions in future offerings to attempt to prevent this.
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Explain the principles by which microbes are classified, using traditional and molecular approaches
  2. Describe the relationship between form and function in the major groups of microbes
  3. Describe the mechanisms by which genetic exchange occurs in bacteria, fungi and viruses
  4. Explain the dynamics of growth and multiplication of the major types of microbes, and the methods by which these can be investigated in the laboratory
  5. Demonstrate basic practical 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

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 - 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
1 - Written Assessment        
2 - Practical and Written Assessment    
3 - Examination            

Prescribed Textbooks

Microbiology
Author/s: Wessner, Dupont & Charles Year: 2013
Edition: Publisher: John Wiley and Sons
City: Hoboken State: NJ
Country: USA
View textbooks at the CQUniversity Bookshop
Note:

Students may alternatively choose to purchase the e-book. Details will be available on the course Moodle site.

The paper textbook comes packaged with a WileyPlus card, giving access to additional online resources.

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
All submissions for this unit must use the Harvard (author-date) referencing style (details can be obtained here). For further information, see the Assessment Tasks below.
Unit CoordinatorSandrine Makiela (s.makiela@cqu.edu.au)
Note: Check the Term-Specific section for any additional contact information provided by the teaching team
Week Begin Date Module/Topic Chapter Events and Submissions
Week 1 06-03-2017

Introduction, laboratory safety, laboratory techniques.

Wessner, ch 1

Week 2 13-03-2017

Microbial diversity, form and function.

Wessner, ch 2-5

Week 3 20-03-2017

Microbial diversity, form and function.

Wessner, ch 2-5

Week 4 27-03-2017

Viruses.

Wessner, ch 5, 8

Week 5 03-04-2017 Microbial culture and metabolism. Wessner, ch 6, 13
Vacation Week 10-04-2017
Week 6 17-04-2017 Microbial growth and control of growth. Wessner, ch 6
Week 7 24-04-2017 Microbial genetics and identification. Wessner, ch 7, 9
Microorganism Design Due Friday (28 Apr 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Week 8 01-05-2017

Residential Schools:

2-4th May

5-7th May

Week 9 08-05-2017

(other residential schools)

Week 10 15-05-2017

Human and microbial ecology.

Wessner, ch 16, 18

Week 11 22-05-2017

Mechanisms of disease.

OR

Environmental ecology.

(see Term Specific Information)

Wessner, ch 18, 21-23

OR

Wessner, ch 14, 15

Week 12 29-05-2017

Pathological ID and antimicrobials.

OR

Microbial symbionts.

(see Term Specific Information)

Wessner, ch 24

OR

Wessner, ch 17

Review/Exam Week 05-06-2017
Exam Week 12-06-2017

You will notice in the Schedule that there are different topic choices in weeks 11 and 12. This is done to make the unit more relevant to your discipline area. Students enrolled in Medical Science will be encouraged to do the disease topics whereas students enrolled in Science / Environmental Science will be encouraged to do the environmental topics. Students enrolled in other program areas will be given the choice of which to study.

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Microorganism Design
Task Description

Keeping in mind your chosen field of study, you are required to design a microorganism which is best suited to a particular environment. Please choose one of the following:

  1. An opportunistic pathogen, which causes bloating of the human digestive system.
  2. A pathogen of the human nervous system, which causes behavioural changes.
  3. A decomposer in a grassland, which degrades plastic.
  4. A pathogen of dicotyledon plant flowers, which causes flower deformity.

Please note that you are designing a hypothetical organism.

In your paper, you will be required to:

  • Name your microorganism, both genus and species.
  • Decide on the type of organism (bacterium, fungus, virus, or protozoan).
  • Select the features of your microorganism based on your knowledge of microbial form and function, physiology and ecology. These features should enable your microorganism to survive and be successful in its environment (in the case of a disease, you may also choose additional symptoms).
  • Rationalise your choices based on relevant literature.

Suggested length: 2000 words.

Assessment Due Date Week 7 Friday (28-Apr-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 9 Friday (12-May-2017)
Weighting 20%
Assessment Criteria

The complete assessment rubrics will be available on the Moodle site, and will be on the following criteria:

  • Knowledge of theory (30%)
  • Selected features and rationalisation (40%)
  • Presentation (10%)
  • Clarity of expression (10%)
  • Referencing (10%)
Conditions Minimum mark or grade - 40%
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Explain the principles by which microbes are classified, using traditional and molecular approaches

2. Describe the relationship between form and function in the major groups of microbes

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

6. Information Technology Competence



2 Practical and Written Assessment

Assessment Title Practical Competencies
Task Description

This assessment is in 3 parts:

Part 1 - pre-lab quizzes. Students are required to do online quizzes based on the laboratory manual and provided instructional videos before coming to the laboratory. There are 5 quizzes in total, and all will be open from the start of term. Rockhampton internal students will do these weekly. Distance students will do them all before coming to residential school. Each quiz will consist of 5 questions and will be timed (15min). You can have 2 attempts at each quiz.

Part 2 - practical competencies. Students will be marked on 7 practical skills during either internal laboratories (Rockhampton internal students only) or residential school. These skills are: aseptic technique, pipetting, the four streak dilution method, microscope use, Gram staining, fungal slide preparation, and microbial identification. The marking will occur during the normal course of the practical sessions (it is not under exam conditions). Detailed descriptions and requirements for this task will be available from the Moodle site.

Part 3 - post-lab quiz. Students are required to do an online quiz (short-answer questions) based on the results of the practical sessions. The quiz will open on the last day of your practical session (whether internal laboratories or residential school). The quiz will consist of 5 questions and will be timed (45min). You have one attempt only.

Assessment Due Date Part 1 - 5pm AEST the day before your practical session, Part 3 - 2 weeks after the last day of your practical session.
Return Date to Students Part 1 - within half an hour, Part 3 - two weeks after the due date.
Weighting 20%
Assessment Criteria

Part 1 is worth 5%, and will be marked as the total of all five quizzes (your highest mark of each).

Part 2 is worth 10%,and will be marked on how well you perform each competency and the result (final product). A detailed marks sheet will be available on the Moodle site.

Part 3 is worth 5%, and will be your quiz mark.

Conditions Minimum mark or grade - 40%
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

5. Demonstrate basic practical 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

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

6. Information Technology Competence

8. Ethical practice



Examination

Outline Complete an examination
Date During the University examination period
Weighting 60%
Condition Minimum percentage of examination marks required to pass course - 50%
Length 180 minutes
Details Dictionary - non-electronic, concise, direct translation only (dictionary must not contain any notes or comments).
No Calculators Permitted
Closed Book
Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Explain the principles by which microbes are classified, using traditional and molecular approaches

2. Describe the relationship between form and function in the major groups of microbes

3. Describe the mechanisms by which genetic exchange occurs in bacteria, fungi and viruses

4. Explain the dynamics of growth and multiplication of the major types of microbes, and the methods by which these can be investigated in the laboratory

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving


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