BIOL313-19S2 (C) Semester Two 2019

Advanced Microbiology

15 points
Start Date: Monday, 15 July 2019
End Date: Sunday, 10 November 2019
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 26 July 2019
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 27 September 2019


This course extends material given in BIOL213 and explores advanced food and agriculture microbiology, microbial ecology, disease and pathogenesis, and immunology. Additional topics in the field of applied microbiology including bioremediation, biofuels and biogeochemical engineering will also be covered. The entire practical component of the course consists of a research project.

The general aim of the course is to advance your microbiological knowledge by covering the key principles of
• Culture selection and food microbiology
• Agriculture (water, soil and gut)
• Microbial ecology
• Environmental microbiology
• Pathogenesis/symbiosis
• Biogeochemical processes and 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, physiology 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).

    Transferrable 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.


Recommended Preparation

Timetable 2019

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 13:00 - 14:00 John Britten 117 HP Seminar Room 15 Jul - 25 Aug
9 Sep - 29 Sep
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 16:00 - 17:00 Ernest Rutherford 460 15 Jul - 25 Aug
9 Sep - 29 Sep
Lab A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 08:00 - 11:00 Putaiao Koiora 463 15 Jul - 25 Aug
Lab B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 11:00 - 14:00 Putaiao Koiora 463 5 Aug - 18 Aug

Examination and Formal Tests

Test A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 18:00 - 21:00 Rehua 103 Project Workshop 16 Sep - 22 Sep

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Mitja Remus-Emsermann


Ian Dickie and Matthew Stott


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Final Exam 25%
Microbial project 50%
Test 25%

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $883.00

International fee $4,000.00

* 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

  • BIOL313-19S2 (C) Semester Two 2019