Introduction to Microbiology, Immunology and Genetics

Qualification: Undergraduate unit
Study mode: Online
Payment options: FEE-HELP may be available
Duration: 13 weeks
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Awarded by: RMIT University
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About this unit

This unit provides a basic understanding of the structures, processes and methods that underpin the fields of genetics, microbiology and immunology.

In the portion of the unit dealing with microbiology and immunology, this unit will cover the structure, growth and replication of a range of micro-organisms and their implications for health, industry and the environment. This section will also cover methods used in the laboratory to examine, isolate, transfer and culture micro-organisms, as well as an overview of the mammalian immune system’s features and functions in healthy and diseased states.

The genetics component of this unit will examine the processes and mechanisms of inheritance in biological organisms, covering both molecular and chromosomal mechanisms. An examination of how we came to our current understanding of genetic mechanisms will be undertaken, with reference to Morgan, Mendel and others.

Introduction to Microbiology, Immunology and Genetics is offered for online study by Open Universities Australia and RMIT University. This unit will provide a foundational level of understanding that can be built upon by further study in these three linked areas of applied sciences.

Eligibility

Applicants are recommended to have completed the following unit, or have equivalent knowledge, before starting this unit:

  • Cell Structure and Function

On-campus component

Please note that some on-campus attendance is required. The practical component is held over 5 consecutive mornings of one week, and attendance at RMIT University during that week is compulsory.

Areas of study

In this applied sciences unit, the topics you will study include:

  • Introducing microbiology
  • Structure and function of microbes
  • Growing microbes in the laboratory
  • Interactions of microbes and other organisms
  • Control of microbial growth
  • Overview of the specific immune response
  • Natural and acquired immunity, immunodeficiency
  • Serology and applications of immunology
  • The molecular basis of inheritance
  • Principles of genetic transmission – Mendelian inheritance
  • Mendelian principles in humans
  • Chromosomal basis of inheritance
  • Gene mutations

Course pathways

This unit is a core requirement in the following course:

  • Bachelor of Science (Applied Sciences), RMIT University

Content may also be relevant to other courses, and could qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for a course offered by another institution.

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How will this unit advance my career?

This unit provides foundational knowledge for further study or employment in the field of applied sciences.

Career outcomes may include work in the public and private health sectors; laboratory research in the fields of genetics, immunology or microbiology; epidemiological studies; or a range of other professions within the field of applied sciences.

How else will I benefit from this unit?

  • Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in Introduction to Microbiology, Immunology and Genetics from RMIT University.
  • Studying online means you can study where you want, at your own pace.
  • Gain industry-relevant skills and transferrable knowledge.
  • Government financial support through FEE-HELP may be available.
  • Studying single units allows you the flexibility to work towards a qualification at your own pace.
  • Receive Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for this unit across a number of OUA’s full degree programs.

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Financial assistance

If you are an Australian citizen, you may be eligible to receive a government FEE-HELP loan, meaning you can defer payment of your fees.

 

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You may be eligible to receive FEE-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the FEE-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

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