Microbes to Medicine

University of Otago

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Microbes to Medicine

  • Host University

    University of Otago

  • Location

    Dunedin, New Zealand

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    CELS 191 and CHEM 191 and 36 further 100-level points

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    Fundamental concepts in microbiology, building from the characteristics of microorganisms, through the handling and containment of microorganisms, to medical microbiology and immunology.

    Microbes are essential to our lives. Microbiology and Immunology has a major influence on human health, industry, biotechnology and food production. MICR 221 covers the fundamental concepts in microbiology, building from the characteristics of microorganisms, through the handling and containment of microorganisms to medical microbiology, immunology and virology.

    Course Structure
    Lectures cover the following areas:
    -Bacterial powerhouses
    -Microbial growth and control
    -Medical microbiology

    -Lecture test 15% (usually in week 5 of the semester)
    -Laboratory test 15% (usually in week 10 of the semester)
    -3-hour final exam 70%

    Learning Outcomes
    -Be able to demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of microbiology and immunology in preparation for advanced laboratory skills in 300-level and in graduate papers
    -Display a practical knowledge of fundamental microbiology and immunology, with the ability to assimilate complex information on a spectrum of interdisciplinary topics and to use this knowledge for applications in the workplace
    -Develop an ability to communicate ideas about science

    Essential: Prescott's Microbiology by Wiley, Sherwood and Woolverton, 9th edition, 2014, McGraw-Hill Publishers

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