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MICR222 Microbes in Action

The ecology and functional diversity of microorganisms in natural ecosystems and the use of microorganisms in bioremediation, biocontrol, and industrial processes.

Microbes are in action all around us. MICR 222 explores the ecology and functional diversity of microorganisms in natural ecosystems. You will gain a practical knowledge of the use of microorganisms in bioremediation for improving the environment; in plant health for the control of pests and diseases; and in industrial processes from pharmaceuticals to food and beverage production.

Paper title Microbes in Action
Paper code MICR222
Subject Microbiology
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,038.45
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,680.00

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CELS 191 and CHEM 191 and 72 further points
Recommended Preparation
MICR 221
Schedule C
MICR222 convenor:
Teaching staff
Convenor: Dr Judith Bateup
Other Lecturers: Dr Sergio Morales, Professor Clive Ronson and Dr Robin Simmonds
Paper Structure
Lectures will cover the following areas:
  • Microbial evolution and ecology
  • Microbial interactions and biogeochemical cycles
  • Water microbiology and public health
  • Plant-microbe interactions
  • Putting microbes to work in the environment
  • Lecture test 10%
  • Laboratory test 10%
  • Laboratory assignment 10%
  • 3-hour final exam 70%
Teaching Arrangements
31 lectures and seven 4-hour laboratory sessions.
Essential: Prescott's Microbiology by Wiley, Sherwood and Woolverton, 10th edition, 2017, McGraw-Hill Publishers
Course outline
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Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Lifelong learning, Communication, Critical thinking, Environmental literacy, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes
  • Be able to demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of microbiology in preparation for advanced laboratory skills in 300-level and in graduate papers
  • Display a practical knowledge of fundamental and applied microbiology, 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
This paper is appropriate for students majoring in Microbiology and all biological and health sciences.

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Second Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
L1 Monday 11:00-11:50 28-34, 36-41
Tuesday 11:00-11:50 28-34, 36-41
M1 Wednesday 11:00-11:50 28-33


Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
P1 Tuesday 14:00-17:50 28, 32-34, 39-41
P2 Thursday 14:00-17:50 28, 32-34, 39-41