BIOL455-20S1 (C) Semester One 2020

Applied and Molecular Microbiology

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 17 February 2020
End Date: Sunday, 21 June 2020
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 28 February 2020
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 29 May 2020


This course will help students develop as scholars and advance their research skills in areas of applied and molecular microbiology. With microbes being ubiquitous and ever more important to commerce, the course will offer opportunities to explore cultural and social perceptions of appropriate use of microbiological science. The course focuses on the critical evaluation of scientific evidence.

This course covers aspects of applied and molecular microbiology, spanning the field of industrial microbiology to biosafety. Students are encouraged to develop interests in the philosophy of discovery, microbial biotechnology, modern molecular tools to identify diversity, microbial genetics and biosafety.

You will need to come prepared by reading assigned material in advance. Students are expected to be able to answer questions when called upon in class during discussions of this material. As a rule of thumb, set aside about 4-5 hours of self-study for every class hour (not including remedial review if it is required) and at least half of your preparation is before the seminar.

Learning Outcomes

  • As a student in this course, I will develop the ability to:
  • Demonstrate a sophisticated understanding and evaluation of experimental design, methodology and data (assessment task: seminar presentation(s)).
  • A sense of how scientists contribute to discovery (assessment task: seminar presentation(s)).
  • A sense of the importance and limitations of scientific and technical methodology (assessment task: test).
  • The ability to access and critically assess the scientific literature and techniques in applied and molecular microbiology. (assessment task: test)
  • Engage in science and technology issues with a broader understanding of their social context  (assessment task: course assignment).

    Transferable skills register -
  • Ability to manage teamwork. Most tasks require interactions with others to accomplish a task to a particular standard and on time.
  • Greater competence in experimental techniques relevant to applied and molecular microbiology.
  • Engage in science and technology issues with a broader understanding of their social context.


Subject to approval of the Head of School. RP: BIOL313, BIOL333, BCHM301/BCHM331



Recommended Preparation

BIOL313, BIOL333, BCHM301/BCHM331

Course Coordinator

For further information see School of Biological Sciences Head of Department


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
In course assignment 40%
Final Exam 40%
Presentation 10%
Presentation feedback 10%

Collecting readings for this course is your responsibility. Wherever possible, links to readings will be provided on Learn. All course announcements will be distributed by email and/or announced on Learn or in session.
Recommended preparatory course(s)
To take this course, students will normally be expected to have had microbiology, biochemistry and molecular genetics to 200 level, and have successfully completed at least one of these courses: BIOL313, BIOL331/BCHM301, BIOL333.
Assessment schedule
• Attendance is mandatory. Failure to attend could result in failing the course. Participation during seminars is expected. Plan to be called upon during sessions.
• Where you are required to present in class, the presentations are mandatory.
• Seminar presentations (10%).
• Seminar feedback to students (10%).
• In course assignment (40%).
• Final test on selected questions from modules (40%). Format is essay or short answer.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,054.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see School of Biological Sciences .

All BIOL455 Occurrences

  • BIOL455-20S1 (C) Semester One 2020