University of Technology Sydney

91314 General Microbiology

6cp; 2hpw (online movies); 1hpw (Zoom Q&A lecture (optional)); 1.5h x 4wks (activities, online), 3h x 4wks (practical lab), 5 x microbiology laboratory competency modules (online)
Requisite(s): 91161 Cell Biology and Genetics
These requisites may not apply to students in certain courses. See access conditions.


Microbes are small but they have important relationships with the human world. Although some are involved in food spoilage and a minority are capable of causing disease in humans, animals and plants, many have numerous beneficial effects including maintaining health in our guts (i.e. the microbiome) and maintaining balance in the environment by recycling chemical elements such as carbon and nitrogen. Additionally, microbes have a number of important industrial applications in food and chemical production, bioremediation and sewage treatment. When considering their diverse roles, microbes are an exciting and important group of organisms to learn about.

This subject provides an introduction to the structure, function and taxonomy of the microbial world including bacteria, fungi, protozoa and viruses. Several key topics in the study of microbiology are discussed including microscopy, sterilisation, disinfection, microbial nutrition, microbial growth, bacterial identification schemes, as well as antibiotic and anti-microbial agents and contemporary techniques in molecular microbiology. Basic mycology, parasitology, and virology are covered, with an emphasis on transmission control of these organisms. The practical exercises give students experience in the principal laboratory procedures for the isolation, manipulation, growth and identification of microorganisms.

Typical availability

Autumn session, City campus


This subject was formerly called Microbiology 1.

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