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MICR221 Microbes to Medicine

Fundamental concepts in microbiology, building from the characteristics of microorganisms, through the handling and containment of microorganisms, to medical microbiology and immunology.

Microbes are essential to our lives. Microbiology and Immunology has a major influence on human health, industry, biotechnology and food production.

Paper title Microbes to Medicine
Paper code MICR221
Subject Microbiology
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,059.15
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,914.00

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CELS 191 and (CHEM 191 or CHEM 111) and 36 further 100-level points
MELS 221, PHCY 219
Recommended Preparation
HUBS 191
Recommended Preparation or Concurrent Study
GENE 221
Schedule C
Appropriate for students majoring in Microbiology and all other biological and health sciences.
Dr Judith Bateup, convenor of MICR221:
Teaching staff
Convenor: Dr Judith Bateup
Other Lecturers: Professor Greg Cook, Associate Professor Keith Ireton, Associate Professor Alex McLellan, Dr Matloob Husain and Professor Andy Mercer
Paper Structure

Lectures cover the following areas:

  • Bacterial powerhouses
  • Microbial growth and control
  • Medical microbiology
  • Immunology
  • Virology


  • Lecture test 15%
  • Laboratory test 15%
  • 3-hour final exam 70%
Teaching Arrangements
32 lectures and six 4-hour laboratory sessions
Essential: Prescott's Microbiology by Wiley, Sherwood and Woolverton, 10th edition, 2017, McGraw-Hill Publishers

Recommended: Kuby Immunology, published by Palgrave Macmillan. 7th edition, 2013
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Lifelong learning, Communication, Critical thinking, Self-motivation, Teamwork
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
  • Be able to demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of microbiology and immunology in preparation for advanced laboratory skills in 300-level and in graduate papers
  • Display a practical knowledge of fundamental microbiology and immunology, with the ability to assimilate complex information on a spectrum of interdisciplinary topics and to use this knowledge for applications in the workplace
  • Develop an ability to communicate ideas about science

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First Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Monday 11:00-11:50 9-16, 18-22
C1 Wednesday 11:00-11:50 9-16, 18-22
E1 Friday 11:00-11:50 9, 11, 13, 15, 18, 20


Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
A1 Tuesday 14:00-17:50 10, 12, 14, 16, 19, 21
A2 Wednesday 14:00-17:50 10, 12, 14, 16, 19, 21
A3 Thursday 14:00-17:50 10, 12, 14, 16, 19, 21
A4 Tuesday 14:00-17:50 11, 13, 15, 18, 20, 22
A5 Wednesday 14:00-17:50 11, 13, 15, 18, 20, 22