Prerequisites BIOL101 Fundamentals of Biology and CHEM201 Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry Teaching Organisation 6 hours per week for twelve weeks or equivalent.
This unit is divided into three parts. The first part introduces students to the basic concepts of microbiology and the range of organisms that comprise the microbial world. The second part builds on this introduction to discuss microbial ecology and to demonstrate the importance of micro-organisms in the environment, using specific examples such as geo-microbiology, soil microbiology, aquatic microbiology, wastewater microbiology and bioremediation. The third part of the unit deals with the principles of molecular biology and genetic engineering and the application of these tools to the processes of biotechnology.