Microbial Genomics

University of Queensland

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Microbial Genomics

  • Host University

    University of Queensland

  • Location

    Brisbane, Australia

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites


    Recommended prerequisite

    BIOC2000 or BIOL2202

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    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Course Description
    This course covers the principles of microbial genomics and its application to cultured and uncultured microbial diversity (metagenomics), including the use of informational macromolecules such as 16S rRNA. The course emphasises recent projects that use genomics and metagenomics to advance the fields of metabolic engineering, nanobiotechnology, wastewater treatment and human health. This course has content relevant to Biotechnology and Genetics majors.
    Course Introduction
    MICR3004 deals with microbial genomics including sequencing, assembly, annotation and metabolic reconstruction, microbial diversity, evolution and classification, culture-independent molecular analysis of microbial communities via metagenomics, application of genomics and metagenomics in environmental, engineered and clinical habitats including phylogenetic probes, wastewater treatment, acid mine drainage, biofuels and bioremediation and host-microbe interactions affecting health and disease.
    Learning Objectives
    After successfully completing this course you should be able to:
    • appreciate the depth and breadth of the field of microbial genomics
    • understand the practical value of biotechnology via numerous applied examples
    • understand the potential of microbial genomics and metagenomics in microbial biodiversity measurement and biotechnology
    • be familiar via practical laboratory experience with key microbial biotechnology research techniques
    • have knowledge of and familiarity with how to read and critically analyse a scientific paper
    • understand how molecular methods, metagenomics and gene sequencing and sequence data are used to assess the diversity of natural microbial communities
    • understand the nature of microbial biofilms, and their implications, both positive and negative
    • understand microbial contributions to environmental sustainability and remediation
    • understand the basic types of nutrition and energy generation used by bacteria and other microorganisms in Bacteria and Archaea
    Class Contact
    3 Lecture hours, 3 Practical or Laboratory hours
    Assessment Summary
    Workbook: 10%
    Paper (Genome Report): 30%
    Final Exam (microbial diversity & biotechnology): 60%

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