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.
Applicants are recommended to have completed the following unit, or have equivalent knowledge, before starting this unit:
Cell Structure and Function
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:
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
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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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.
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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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