BIOL313-18S2 (C) Semester Two 2018

Advanced Molecular and Industrial Microbiology

15 points, 0.1250 EFTS
16 Jul 2018 - 18 Nov 2018


This course will bridge fundamental and applied microbiology through coverage of the major topics of relevance to the current microbiologist.

The general aim of the course is to advance your microbiological knowledge by covering the key principles of
• Bioreactors (design and operation)
• Culture selection and food microbiology
• Agriculture (water, soil and gut)
• Bio-mining
• Immunology
• Pathogenesis/symbiosis
• Drug and vaccine design and manufacture
• Bioremediation and biogeochemical engineering
• Biofuels

The entire practical course consists of microbial research projects.

Learning Outcomes

As a student in this course I will:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the processes involved in various diseases caused by microbes and the associated anti-microbial therapies (assessment task: final exam).
  • Apply an understanding of the concepts of microbial biotechnology to applications in both food and environmental microbiology (assessment task: final exam).
  • Design and critically evaluate experiments to explore microbial growth, symbiosis, infection and test anti-microbial activity (assessment task: laboratory reports).
  • Understand, interpret and evaluate experimental data and communicate scientific findings in a written form (assessment task: laboratory reports).

    Transferable Skills Register
    As a student in this course, I will develop the following skills:
  • Scientific reading, writing and presentation: In most scientific jobs you will be required to read and understand scientific literature.  Clear written and oral communication is essential for any professional career
  • Experimental design, microbiology experimental skills and data analysis: Important in any research focused jobs.
    • University Graduate Attributes

      This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

      Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

      Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.


BIOL213 and either BIOL231 or BCHM202. RP: BIOL253

Recommended Preparation

Timetable 2018

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
1 Thursday 12:00 - 13:00 Jack Erskine 340 16 Jul - 26 Aug
10 Sep - 30 Sep
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
1 Friday 13:00 - 14:00 Ernest Rutherford 460 16 Jul - 29 Jul
6 Aug - 26 Aug
10 Sep - 30 Sep
Lab A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
1 Thursday 14:00 - 17:00 Putaiao Koiora 463 10 Sep - 21 Oct
Tutorial A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
1 Wednesday 12:00 - 13:00 Putaiao Koiora 275 30 Jul - 5 Aug

Timetable Note

It is compulsory to wear a lab coat in the laboratory and can be purchased at the beginning of the year.

Where to purchase your lab coats and safety glasses


To purchase: buy a receipt from the Copy Centre, 2nd floor, Puaka-James Hight building, (payment by eftpos and credit card only – lab coats $32, glasses $10), 9.00 am - 4.00 pm, Monday to Friday.

Receipts may then be exchanged in the atrium inside the southern entry to the Ernest Rutherford Building, 8.30 – 10 am and 1.30 – 2.30 pm, Monday to Friday for the first two weeks of the semester.

After the first two weeks they can be collected from Ernest Rutherford Room 130 (Chemical Store).

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Mitja Remus-Emsermann


Ian Dickie and Matthew Stott

Lab Technician

Craig Galilee

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $865.00

International fee $3,788.00

* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.

For further information see School of Biological Sciences.

All BIOL313 Occurrences

  • BIOL313-18S2 (C) Semester Two 2018