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This microbiology course provides an introduction to the study of microorganisms with particular focus on the following subject matters: identification and classification, physiology and cellular structure, culturing and controlling growth, metabolism, genetic engineering and the importance of microbes in medicine and industry. During the laboratory sessions, students will learn basic microbiological skills such as microscopy, aseptic techniques, media preparation, isolation and growth of cultures, microbial enumeration, dilution and filtration techniques, staining and identification of microbes using a variety of biochemical tests. This course emphasizes an understanding of microbiology in the context of environmental sciences.