Microbiology BSC209

Microorganisms are found everywhere — inside and outside of the human body, and within all other animals and plants. In this course, you'll learn about organisms significant for human and animal health, agriculture, and more.

Microbiology is the study of tiny living things that cannot be seen by the unaided human eye. This includes both helpful and unhelpful organisms, small animals and plants, bacteria, fungi, viruses and algae. It includes organisms that contribute in a very positive way to our health and well being, and others that can kill us.

Microorganisms are important because they impact on:

  • human and animal health and wellbeing
  • agricultural production
  • the quality of physical world we live in
  • our understanding of life.

In this course, you'll study different types of microorganisms, viewing and staining techniques, taxonomy (naming), and more.


This course is divided into nine lessons:

  1. Scope and Nature of Microbiology
  2. Microscopes
  3. Cultures
  4. Microbial Taxonomy
  5. Bacteria
  6. Viruses
  7. Other Microbes - Protists, Fungi, Helminths
  8. Immunology
  9. Applied Microbiology