The Microbial World

BIO20002 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn Available to incoming Study Abroad and Exchange students


  • One Semester or equivalent

Contact hours

  • 56 hours face to face + blended

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

2024 teaching periods


Higher Ed. Semester 1

26 Feb 24 - 26 May 24

2 Jul 24

Last self enrolment:
10 Mar 24

31 Mar 24

Last withdraw without fail:
12 Apr 24

Aims and objectives

This unit of study aims to develop basic concepts of microbiology and the practical skills and techniques required in microbiological analysis. It will prepare students for studies in advanced topics in microbiology and applications in biomolecular science and will provide a variety of practical laboratory experiences where students can apply their theoretical knowledge to practical situations
Unit Learning Outcomes (ULO)
Students who successfully complete this Unit will be able to:

1. Demonstrate an understanding of the fundamental ideas and applications of a variety of microbiological methods
2. Describe the unique properties of microbial cell organisation, metabolism, growth and nutrition
3. Recognise how microbial growth can be monitored and controlled, particularly in the context of human health and disease
4. Describe and appreciate the important roles microorganisms play in biomolecular applications