Microbes in the Environment

BIO60001 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn Available to incoming Study Abroad and Exchange students


  • One Semester or equivalent

Contact hours

  • 56 hours

On-campus unit delivery combines face-to-face and digital learning.

2022 teaching periods


Higher Ed. Semester 2

1 Aug 22 - 30 Oct 22

6 Dec 22

Last self enrolment:
14 Aug 22

31 Aug 22

Last withdraw without fail:
16 Sep 22

Aims and objectives

This unit of study aims to introduce the fundamental concepts involved in applied microbiology and its importance to health sciences, environmental health and the food processing industry. Students will understand the role and importance of food microbiology in food safety and quality assurance issues and will gain the necessary laboratory skills to undertake final year microbiology-related research projects.

Unit Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete this Unit will be able to:
1. Demonstrate an understanding of the fundamental ideas and applications of applied microbiology and immunology
2. Describe and appreciate the diversity of the microbial world
3. Describe and appreciate the importance of the relationships between microbes and their hosts, including immune defences
4. Recognise how uncontrolled microbial growth relates to human health and disease
5. Explain the principles of infection control, including vaccination
6. Recognise the important role of microorganisms play in biomolecular applications, in particular the food industry.