PLANT SC 2500WT - Microbiology and Invertebrate Biology II
Waite Campus - Semester 1 - 2019
General Course Information
Course Code PLANT SC 2500WT Course Microbiology and Invertebrate Biology II Coordinating Unit School of Agriculture, Food and Wine Term Semester 1 Level Undergraduate Location/s Waite Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 6 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Incompatible OENOLOGY 2501WT, PLANT SC 2520WT Assumed Knowledge BIOLOGY 1101 Course Description An introduction to the biology of microorganisms and invertebrates of importance in agriculture, food, wine and natural ecosystems. Topics to be considered include: microbial growth, energy sources and nutritional categories; form and function of major groups of microorganisms; classification and identification; features of saprophytic, pathogenic, symbiotic and commensal lifestyles; interactions of microorganisms with their environment, including plants and animals; case studies of natural and managed microbial ecosystems; basic concepts of invertebrate taxonomy, physiology and function; external and internal anatomy; reproduction, life cycles, feeding relationships; practical skills for manipulating microorganisms and invertebrates and studying their activities.
Course Coordinator: Professor Eileen ScottProfessor Eileen Scott, course coordinator,
School of Agriculture, Food and Wine,
Rm N106, Waite Main Building, Waite Campus,
tel (08) 8313 7266,
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes
1 explain the role and importance of microorganisms and invertebrates 2 describe the form and function of bacteria, fungi and viruses 3 understand the principles of growth and reproduction of bacteria, fungi and viruses, and of identifying and classifying microorganisms 4 discuss beneficial and deleterious activities of microorganisms in agriculture, food and wine 5 discuss basic concepts of invertebrate taxonomy, physiology, function and evolution 6 describe the structure and function of molluscs, platyhelminths, nematodes, annelids and arthropods 7 discuss reproduction, life cycles and feeding relationships of invertebrates 8 demonstrate an understanding of the processes involved in the recognition and manipulation of key groups of microorganisms and invertebrates 9 demonstrate effective information handling and communication skills 10 demonstrate the ability to work in a team
University Graduate Attributes
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s) Deep discipline knowledge
- informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
- acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
- accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
1-9 Critical thinking and problem solving
- steeped in research methods and rigor
- based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
- demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
1-10 Teamwork and communication skills
- developed from, with, and via the SGDE
- honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
- encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
8-10 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
1-10 Intercultural and ethical competency
- adept at operating in other cultures
- comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
- Able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
- demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
8-10 Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
- a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
- open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
- able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
Required ResourcesA lab coat and closed footwear must be worn in every practical session.
Recommended ResourcesRecommended reading
Cargill M and Bellotti M (2004) Written Communication in the Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences, The University of Adelaide. http://www.agwine.adelaide.edu.au/students/external/carwripg1.pdf
General microbiology and bacteria
Madigan MT, Martinko JM et al. (2012) Brock Biology of Microorganisms (13th edition). Pearson. (earlier editions, 2000 onwards, are also suitable).
Willey JM, Sherwood LM and Woolverton CJ (2017) Prescott’s Microbiology (10th edition). McGraw-Hill. (earlier editions, 2005 onwards, are also suitable).
Deacon JW (2006) Fungal Biology (4th edition). Blackwell Publishing.
Ingold CT and Hudson HJ (1993) The Biology of Fungi (6th edition). Chapman & Hall.
Hull R (2009 or electronic resource) Comparative Plant Virology (2nd edition). Academic Press.
Wagner EK and Hewlett MJ (2004) Basic Virology (2nd edition). Blackwell Publishing.
Agrios GN (1997, 2005 or electronic resource) Plant Pathology (4th, 5th edition). Academic Press.
Pitt J and Hocking AD (1997) Fungi and Food Spoilage (2nd edition). Blackie Academic Publishers.
or Pitt J and Hocking AD (electronic resource) Fungi and Food Spoilage (3rd edition). Springer.
Barker, GM (ed.) (2001 or electronic resource) The Biology of Terrestrial Molluscs. CABI Publishing, Wallingford, UK. 558 p.
Barnes RSK, Calow PP, Olive PJW, Golding DW and Spicer JI (2001) The invertebrates: a synthesis (3rd edition). Wiley-Blackwell.
Edwards, CA, Hendrix P and Arancon N (2008) Biology and ecology of earthworms (4th edition). Springer, New York.
Harvey, MS and Yen AL (1989) Worms to wasps: an illustrated guide to Australia's terrestrial invertebrates. Oxford University Press.
Moore J (2006 or electronic resource) An introduction to the invertebrates (2nd edition). Cambridge University Press.
Naumann ID (ed.) (1994) Systematic and applied entomology: an introduction. Melbourne University Press.
Ruppert EE, Fox RS and Barnes RD (2004) Invertebrate zoology: a functional evolutionary approach, 7th ed. Thomson-Brooks/Cole.
Triplehorn CA and Johnson NF (2005) Borror and DeLong's Introduction to the Study of Insects (pp. 401-402). Belmont, CA: Thomson Brooks/Cole.
Teaching and course materials will be posted on MyUni (http://myuni.adelaide.edu.au/). Lectures will be recorded and posted on MyUni. Tutorial topics will be posted for discussion. A series of videos demonstrating common microbiological techniques will be available on MyUni (Practicals pages). Interactive pre-laboratory activities using the software Articulate will be used in formative and summative assessment. Online quizzes will be available to help with review and revision (formative assessment).
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesLectures are supported by problem-solving tutorials, online activities and laboratory work that develop and reinforce material covered in lectures. Microbiology project work in weeks 4-6 and invertebrate collection in weeks 9-12 allow students to synthesise and apply the skills learned in the course to address practical situations.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.Lectures: 2 hours, practicals/tutorials: 4 hours per week
Reading (lecture material, practical manual) and preparation for practicals and tutorials, including online activities: approximately 6 hours per week
Preparation of project poster: approximately 6-8 hours (total)
Revision for exams: approximately 20 hours
Estimated average weekly workload: 12 hours
Learning Activities SummaryWeek 1
Topic: Introduction and overview of microorganisms
Lecture: Role and importance of microbiology in agriculture and related areas
Lecture: Microbial growth and its control
Tutorial: Overview of course and assessment
Practical: Microbial culture techniques, use of dissecting and compound microscopes
Topic: Bacteria and fungi
Lecture: Bacteria - form and function
Lecture: Fungi - form and function
Practical: Single-celled microorganisms: form and function
Topic: Viruses, Identification and classification
Lecture: Viruses - form and function
Lecture: Identification and classification of microorganisms
Tutorial (small groups): Bacteria and fungi – structure and function
Practical: Complete work on single-celled microorganisms; Multi-celled microorganisms - form and function
Topic: Microbial ecosystems
Lecture: Microbial ecosystems - introduction
Lecture: Food fermentaion and spoilage
Tutorial: Introduction to project
Practical: Project work on beneficial and deleterious activities of microorganisms
Tutorial: Optional tutorial (begins 4.10 pm): Revision of weeks 1-4
Topic: Microbial ecosystems
Lecture: Plant-microbe interactions – disease
Lecture: Plant disease and control
Practical: Project work (continued, 1.5 hour); Microbes as pathogens: bacteria, fungi and virus diseases
Topic: Microbial ecosystems
Lecture: Plant-microbe interactions – rhizobium
Lecture: Bioremediation, compost, silage
Tutorial: Optional tutorial (over lunch): Preparation for mid-semester written exam
Tutorial (small groups): Review progress in project and discuss assessment
Practical: Project work (continued)
Topic: Microbial ecosystems
Lecture: Animal disease
Lecture: Industrial microbiology
Non-compulsory, redeemable mid-semester exam (afternoon)
Optional "clinic" on finalising the project poster (after exam)
Week 8 Topic: Microbial ecosystems
Lectures: Rumen microbiology
Practical: Rumen microbiology
Topic: Invertebrate biology
Lecture: Overview of invertebrates of importance in agriculture, viticulture and food production, Platyhelminths
Lecture: Annelida (earthworms and leeches), Mollusca (snails and slugs)
Practical: Principles and practices for collecting and preserving invertebrates
Topic: Invertebrate biology
Lecture: Nematoda (nematodes as animal and plant parasites)
Lecture: Arthropoda (slaters, millipedes, centipedes)
Practicals: Worms, snails, slugs and nematodes: anatomy, biology and ecology
Topic: Invertebrate biology
Lecture: Arachnida (spides, mites, ticks)
Lecture: Hexapoda (insects and related organisms)
Practical: Arthropod identification: anatomy, biology and ecology
Topic: Invertebrate biology
Lectures: Hexapoda (insects and related organisms)
Practical: Quizz on practicals 9-11; Invertebrate collection: identification and curation
Specific Course RequirementsAttendance at practicals and tutorials is compulsory.
The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:
- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
- Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
- Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
Assessment task Type of assessment Percentage for grading purposes Hurdle? Approximate
timing of assessment
Learning Outcome Practical and tutorial exercises Formative and Summative 23% No Weeks 1-3, 5, 8, 9-12 2, 3, 5, 6-10 Microbiology project work Formative and summative 15% No Weeks 4-6, 9 1-4, 8-10 Quiz on invertebrate biology practicals 9-11 Summative 2% No Week 12 5-9 Online quizzes for learning and revision Formative 0% No Weeks 2-13 1-9 Non-compulsory mid-semester theory exam Formative and Summative 0-30% No Week 7 1-4, 8, 9 Final exam Summative 30-60% Yes Exam period 1-9
Assessment Related RequirementsAttendance at practical classes and tutorials is compulsory. Students who miss a practical or tutorial session should obtain a replacement assessment from the lecturer in charge and submit it on the date advised. There will be no opportunity for additional assessment on the practical component of the course.
To pass this course a student must obtain a final mark of at least 50% and a minimum of 40% (24 out of 60 marks) in the written exam (hurdle requirement).
Mid-semester examination: there will be a non-compulsory mid-semester examination in week 8, covering material presented in weeks 1-6, potentially making up 30% in total of the final grade for the course. The mid-semester exam will be redeemable in the end of semester exam; there will be a separate section in the final exam (Section A) that will correspond to the material covered in the mid-semester exam. Students may choose not to complete this section in the final exam, in which case the mid-semester exam marks will be used automatically to calculate the final grade and the final exam will have a weighting of 30%. If students attempt both the mid-semester exam and the corresponding section in the final exam, the best mark of their two attempts will be used to calculate the final grade. If students do not attempt the mid-semester exam, then they must attempt the corresponding section in the final exam, in which case the final exam weighting will be 60%.
Students will be offered the opportunity to review their answers in the non-compulsory mid-semester examination with academic staff. Replacement/alternative assessment is not available for the mid-semester exam except on medical or compassionate grounds.
Final examination: an end-of-semester written examination will be used to assess, summatively, understanding of the course material. The examination will be divided into three parts:
A. an optional 90-minute section consisting of questions corresponding to those in the non-compulsory mid-semester exam (potentially 30% if used to redeem mid-semester exam mark);
B. a compulsory 30-minute section consisting of material covered in weeks 7-8;
C. a compulsory 60-minute section consisting of material covered in weeks 9-12.
Assessment of practical and work
Formative assessment. Tutorial classes will include diagnostic and formative assessment, to review information and understanding. Tutorial discussion topics and quizzes will be posted on MyUni.
Summative assessment and submission of work for assessment. Instructions for format, content and submission of practical reports, tutorial work and project work will be provided by the lecturer concerned.
Practical report 1. Single- and multi-celled microorganisms; individual report, template distributed in class, data entered in practical sessions 2 and 3 and tutorial 2, due at end of practical 3, 5% of final mark, addresses learning objectives 2, 3, 8, 9
Practical report 2. Plant disease; prepared in pairs, template distributed in class, due at end of practical 5, 5% of final mark, addresses learning objectives 1, 2, 3, 4, 8, 9
Practical report 3. Rumen microbiology; prepared in pairs, template distributed in class, due at end of practical 7, 5% of final mark, addresses learning objectives 1, 2, 3, 4, 8, 9
Practical report 4. Invertebrate collection; individual exercise, instructions given in class, due in week 12, 8% of final mark, addresses learning objectives 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Microbiology project report (group poster). Microbial activities - experiments and interpretation; presented as one poster per group of students, instructions in practical manual and tutorial 3, formative review of progress in tutorial 4, due 10.10 am on specified date, 15% of final mark, addresses learning objectives 1, 4, 8, 9, 10
Quiz. Invertebrate biology practical work; individual assessment task, instructions given in class, held in practical 12, 2% of final mark, addresses learning objectives 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
SubmissionA completed assessment cover-sheet must be attached to each practical/tutorial report. Practical/tutorial reports are submitted in class unless stated otherwise.
A student who misses an assessed exercise or whose work is impaired through illness or equivalent may be offered a replacement assessment task.
Staff endeavour to return marked assessments and provide feedback to students within 2 weeks of submission.
Late submission of assessments
If an extension is not applied for, or not granted, then a penalty for late submission will apply. A penalty of 10% of the value of the assignment for each calendar day that is late (i.e. weekends count as 2 days), up to a maximum of 50% of the available marks will be applied. This means that an assignment that is 5 days or more late without an approved extension can only receive a maximum of 50% of the mark.
Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:
M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme) Grade Mark Description FNS Fail No Submission F 1-49 Fail P 50-64 Pass C 65-74 Credit D 75-84 Distinction HD 85-100 High Distinction CN Continuing NFE No Formal Examination RP Result Pending
Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.
Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.
Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.
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SELTs are an important source of information to inform individual teaching practice, decisions about teaching duties, and course and program curriculum design. They enable the University to assess how effectively its learning environments and teaching practices facilitate student engagement and learning outcomes. Under the current SELT Policy (http://www.adelaide.edu.au/policies/101/) course SELTs are mandated and must be conducted at the conclusion of each term/semester/trimester for every course offering. Feedback on issues raised through course SELT surveys is made available to enrolled students through various resources (e.g. MyUni). In addition aggregated course SELT data is available.
In response to the course SELT in 2018, the course workload has been reduced by removing two exercises and two demonstrations from practicals in weeks 2-3.
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