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    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. 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.

    About this paper

    Paper title Microbes in Action
    Subject Microbiology
    EFTS 0.15
    Points 18 points
    Teaching period Semester 2 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $1,173.30
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    CELS 191 and (CHEM 111 or CHEM 191) and 72 further points
    Recommended Preparation
    MICR 221
    Schedule C
    This paper is appropriate for students majoring in Microbiology and all biological and health sciences.

    MICR222 Convener: Dr Judith Bateup (

    Teaching staff

    Convenor: Dr Judith Bateup

    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 15%
    • Laboratory test 15%
    • 3-hour final exam 70%

    Teaching Arrangements

    Thirty-one lectures and seven 4-hour laboratory sessions.


    Required: Prescott's Microbiology by Wiley, Sandman and Wood, 12th edition, 2023, McGraw-Hill Publishers. ISBN: 978-1-265-12303-1

    Course outline

    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Lifelong learning, Communication, Critical thinking, Environmental literacy, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
    View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
    Learning Outcomes

    Students who successfully complete this paper will:

    • 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


    Semester 2

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Monday 11:00-11:50 29-35, 37-42
    B1 Tuesday 11:00-11:50 29-35, 37-42
    C1 Wednesday 11:00-11:50 29-34


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    Attend one stream from
    A1 Tuesday 14:00-17:50 29, 33-35, 40-42
    A3 Thursday 14:00-17:50 29, 33-35, 40-42

    Terms Test (Streamed)

    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Monday 19:00-19:50 33, 38
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