MICROBIOLOGY IN DEPTH

 

Supercharging

Depth Studies

for Stage 6

 

Deep dive with your students into microbiology research  

Prepared by real scientists with a rich teaching background, our Microbiology in Depth programs are specifically designed to support teachers to support their Stage 6 students undertaking

Depth Studies in Biology and Investigating Science.

 

Our Microbiology in Depth programs are constructed on a core of scientific content and microbiological skills that then provide a flexible framework in which students are able to conduct individual or collaborative Practical Investigations that will meet up to the minimum 15 or 30 hour in-class time requirements for Stage 6 Biology or Investigating Science.

 

Our Microbiology in Depth programs support teachers by facilitating unlimited unique depth studies within a class, while allowing management of these within a single, rich overarching context. Explicit teaching of a core of subject material facilitates the assessment of required Knowledge and Understanding learning outcome(s). With this foundation knowledge in hand, students are well supported to undertake their Stage 6 depth studies as theme-focused Practical Investigations and demonstrate their skills in Working Scientifically.

Microbial Stress Response

Antimicrobial Resistance

Pseudomonas & CF

Microbes are found in diverse places, including on and inside the human body, in food and in the environment (e.g. soil and water). While they may not immediately appear so, at the microscale many of these environments are extremely harsh. Therefore, while many microbes are adapted to survive and even grow in these environments, they will inevitably also experience physiological stress during their life cycle. A microbial stress can be thought of as any condition that is a departure from optimal conditions. Remarkably, those microbes that do survive exposure to a sublethal stress are often able to tolerate higher levels of that stress, or even a different stress altogether.

 

Our Microbial Stress Response program has been designed to facilitate Stage 6 students to design their own unique depth study to investigate the stress response of microbes:

  • representative of different environments, including the environment, food and the human body
  • in response to a range of variables, including temperature, nutrients, pH and water activity
  • to simultaneous and sequential stressors
  • comparing bacteria at the genera, species and strain level, as well as life cycle stages

Our Microbial Stress Response Depth Study program is particularly suited to extend Stage 6 Investigating Science student's knowledge and understanding of Cause and Effect - Observing (Module 1) & Scientific Investigations (Module 5).

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a real and global threat to human, animal and plant health. AMR is the ability of a microorganism (bacteria, fugus, virus or parasite) to withstand an antimicrobial treatment against it. The results of AMR is that standard treatments for microbial infections become ineffective, infections persist and increase the risk of spreading to others. Microorganisms that develop AMR through mutation are sometimes referred to as 'superbugs'. But there is much, much more to AMR than you might think, and the importance of getting to grips with AMR is rising for us all. A focus on AMR could be the start of a student's life-long research journey to help make the future a better place for us all.

 

Our Focus on Antimicrobial Resistance program has been designed to allow Stage 6 students to design their own unique depth study to investigate antimicrobial resistance to:

  • commonly used antibiotics, and
  • naturally occurring antimicrobial substances

in a range of safe surrogate microbes representing human, animal and plant pathogens.

 

Our Focus on Antimicrobial Resistance Depth Study program is particularly suited to extend Stage 6 Biology student's knowledge and understanding of Infectious Disease (Module 7). 

Cystic fibrosis (CF) is an autosomal recessive genetic disorder that affects one in 2,500 Australians. It is estimated that one in 25 people carry the CF gene but, because carriers of the CF gene are unaffected by it, most carriers are unaware of it. For CF to occur the CF gene must be inherited from both parents. CF occurs equally in males and females. For people born with this genetic disease their treatment is lifelong and relentless. One very important part of the treatment of CF is antibiotic therapy to treat lung infections. Unfortunately, respiratory failure due to infection is the ultimate cause of death in the majority of people with CF. And in the majority of people with CF the most common respiratory pathogen is a bacterium called Pseudomonas aeruginosa.

 

Our Pseudomonas in Cystic Fibrosis program has been designed to facilitate Stage 6 students to design their own unique depth study to investigate the response of a non-pathogenic Pseudomonas surrogate to different interventions, under a range of environmental conditions that mimic those found in the CF lung.

 

Our Pseudomonas in Cystic Fibrosis Depth Study program is particularly suited to extend Stage 6 Biology student's knowledge and understanding of Infectious Disease (Module 7) and Non-infectious Diseases and Disorders (Module 8), and to explore the links between genetic and infectious diseases.

Each Microbiology in Depth program includes: 

Comprehensive study-specific content & resources, delivered to teachers & students through our online portal, including:

  • Teacher introduction to research area
  • Suggested lesson plans for 8, 12, 15, 20 and 30 hour programs
  • Student background briefing on research area
  • Tailored Working Scientifically resources for students:
    • ​questioning and predicting
    • planning investigations
    • conducting investigations
    • processing and analysing data and information
    • problem solving
    • communication
  • Tailored curation of relevant primary literature
  • Mini-lecture slide decks
  • Mini-practicums for skills development, including biosafety, aseptic technique & study specific skills
  • Laboratory technique videos
  • Resource lists (equiment and consumables)
  • Culture media recipes (for science prep laboratory staff)
  • Student worksheets and templates
  • Template formation & summative asessments & rubrics

Ongoing membership site access for unlimited teachers

Full day remote OR face-to-face training with our scientists for unlimited teachers*

1 year membership site access for unlimited students

Provision of microbe cultures 

$2,345 + GST 

program purchase price per school

 

 

discounts available for low-SES and regional schools

 

 

discounts available for multi-school purchases

 

 

programs require no specialised laboratory equipment, but provides options for use of such items that may already be available at your school

 

 

most consumable items are standard school science consumable items & culture media can be prepared by your science prep laboratory staff

OR 

option to purchase consumable class packs from Quantal Bioscience at cost price, as well as culture media

 

* Additional remote or face-to-face training sessions with our scientists available after purchase - $600 (in 20/21) for unlimited teachers

 


Updates to online materials (as become available)

  • Updated laboratory technique videos
  • Updated tailored curation of primary literature

1 year membership site access for unlimited students

Re-provision of microbe cultures 

+ $200 + GST 

annual renewal price per school (in 21/22)

 

 

only pay in the years you use the program - stop & restart as you need

OPTIONAL Remote Class Sessions with our Scientists:

Add even more depth to your depth study, with one or more remote sessions for your class with our scientists

 

We'll work with you to design remote sessions for your class with our scientists that add further depth to your students' depth studies, addressing areas including:

  • journal club sessions to analyse the primary literature,
  • feedback sessions on proposed student research approaches,
  • review sessions to consider data analysis options,
  • short courses in scientific poster preparation and writing reports,
  • short courses in writing and submitting journal articles, for emerging student investigators
  • and more!

​that extend both student Knowledge and Understanding and Working Scientifically skills. 

$100 + GST 

 

per class session

(up to 1 h)

with unlimited students

OPTIONAL Microbiology in Depth incursion / excursion:

Add even more depth to your depth study, with a half- or full-day incursion or excursion for your students with our scientists

  • Incursions: we bring our equipment to your class
  • Excursions: your students work in our teaching lab***

 

We'll work with you to design a unique incursion or excursion for your students that provides additional depth to their Knowledge and Understanding of their depth study topic, and further extends their Practical Investigation and development of Working Scientifically skills. 

$360 - 

$1,560 + GST 

 

with maximum 24 students per session (=$15 - $65 per student + GST)

 

 

discounts available for multiple sessions

 

*** Our teaching lab is co-located in The Science Centre @ The King's School @ North Parramatta


 

 

Quantal Bioscience, our research laboratory

and our MSchool laboratory are co-located

in The King's School Science Centre at

North Parramatta, Sydney, Australia. 

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