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Practical Foundations of Microbiology

$ 2,000.00


22 July




8 wks


Avg 5 hrs/wk

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Lead academic

Kamal Dua

Kamal Dua
Associate Professor

Kamal is an award-winning pharmaceutics and drug delivery researcher who has deep roots in teaching, research and industry spanning three nations and two continents. He holds dual expertise in Pharmaceutical Sciences and Immunology & Microbiology and has also completed four professional diplomas in the areas of clinical research, product development, drug regulation, and documentation and intellectual property rights.

In his role as a Senior Lecturer in the Graduate School of Health at UTS, Kamal leads a suite of Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) courses where he coordinates the academic and research activities for those courses.

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Dr Gabriele De Rubis

Dr Gabriele De Rubis
Associate Lecturer

Gabriele is an Associate Lecturer in the Discipline of Pharmacy, Graduate School of Health, at UTS. He has extensive experience as an industry-based researcher, particularly in the setup and evaluation of animal (mouse and rat) models of cancer and inflammatory diseases and in the preclinical in vivo testing of the safety, efficacy, and pharmacokinetic properties of novel anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory drugs.

Gabriele also has experience in working under ISO and Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) quality standards and in the setup and coordination of formulation laboratories for the preparation of experimental drug formulates. He is a passionate and experienced teacher of chemistry, biology, and pharmaceutical sciences at undergraduate and post-graduate levels.

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Discover the essential role of microbiology in pharmaceuticals and sterile preparations, crucial for ensuring product safety. Gain knowledge of the diversity of microorganisms and develop expertise in sterilisation techniques in preparation to uphold stringent quality standards.

About this microcredential

Join us in exploring the fascinating world of microbiology and empower yourself to make significant contributions to healthcare and biotechnology. This microcredential provides particiants with the skills to identify sources of microbial contamination and implement effective solutions in pharmaceutical manufacturing. It seamlessly blends theoretical insights with hands-on industry applications in the following manner:

  • Immerse yourself in the realm of microbiology, uncovering its intricate concepts and delving into its application in the pharmaceutical industry, particularly sterile manufacturing
  • Acquire invaluable insights into sterile manufacturing, mastering techniques to effectively mitigate contaminants
  • Engage in active learning through industry-aligned modules, applying newfound skills in real-world scenarios that align with global industry trends
  • Elevate your expertise by seamlessly integrating learning into your existing roles and responsibilities within the pharmaceutical manufacturing sector, particularly sterile and biotech manufacturing
  • Stay ahead of industry demands, ensuring relevance and proficiency while upskilling and reskilling to meet evolving industry needs
  • Embark on this dynamic learning experience and unleash your full potential in microbiology.

Key benefits of this microcredential

This microcredential has been designed to:

  • Equip you with all the important fundamental knowledge and techniques to effectively mitigate contaminants, contributing to product safety and quality
  • Build skills that are highly sought after in the current demanding and tightly regulated global sterile manufacturing environment, particularly within the biotech field
  • Be applicable to various allied industries, where sterile facilities are in practice in the manufacturing and packaging of products
  • Prepare participants interested in commencing their career in sterile manufacturing and related research, and also for personnel already working in this space, fostering their continuous upskilling and career growth.

This microcredential aligns with the 2-credit point subject, Practical Foundations of Microbiology (96623). This microcredential may qualify for recognition of prior learning at this and other institutions.

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Who should do this microcredential?

This microcredential is suitable for a general and varied audience, including, but not limited to:

  • Employees of manufacturing and allied industries who want to upgrade their career profile and employability
  • University students who want to obtain strong theoretical background with the aim of entering the manufacturing and allied industry in the area of manufacturing, quality control, quality assurance, regulatory, and other relevant industry-based positions
  • Any individual, from any related field, who wants to upskill their credentials in the field.


Full price: $2,000 (GST-free)*

*Price subject to change. Please check price at time of purchase.

Enrolment conditions

Course purchase is subject to UTS Open Terms and Conditions. 

COVID-19 response 

UTS complies with latest Government health advice. Delivery of all courses complies with the UTS response to COVID-19.

Additional course information

Course outline

This course is delivered in a scheduled format over 8 weeks (40 hours of learning in total). Each week learners will have an online session where they will have the chance to apply what has been learned, ask questions and hear from other participants who are taking the course.

The Face to face workshops are led by the course facilitator and will be conducted weekly on Thursday evening from 5.30pm throughout the course.

All learning materials including interactive, preparative content will be made available in self-paced online modules.

The following topics will be covered during the microcredential:

  • Introduction to microbiology
  • Genomics and genetics
  • Introduction to microbial sterilization
  • Microbial disinfectants
  • Advanced culturing techniques to study microbiomes
  • Microbial reduction for food industry
  • Microbial reduction for pharmaceutical products
  • Future of the microbiome for human health.  

Course delivery 

  • The webinar sessions for this course will be delivered on Zoom – the meeting link will be provided to enrolled participants via Canvas and email.

Course learning objectives

Microbiology is the study of living organisms that are too small to be visible with the naked eye – essential to drive the production of safe and effective pharmaceuticals and sterile preparations including vaccines. By the conclusion of the course, participants should be capable of:

  • The identification and description of different families of microorganisms and their functional differences
  • Understanding of the sterilisation techniques used to ensure safety and quality in pharmaceuticals manufacturing
  • The application of sterilisation techniques to eliminate and/or mitigate the impact of micro-organisms in products for human consumption.


In order to pass this course, participants need to achieve at least a 50 per cent grade overall, across the two assessment tasks. The final grade will be the weighted average of the two assessments, as indicated below:

Task 1: Knowledge and progress quiz (weighting - 40%)

This assessment, composed of multiple choice and short answer questions is designed to assess understanding of the content and provide feedback, enabling a review of course content and a reflection of progress.

Task 2: Scenario-based report (60%)

This assignment is designed to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the principles behind the sterilisation techniques used in manufacturing of pharmaceuticals and food products under aseptic conditions. Furthermore, in this assessment participants will have the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge of the microbial spoilage of pharmaceutical products like injectables/ parenterals and solid-dosage forms and strategies to eliminate microbial contamination in products for human consumption.



To complete this online course, you will need a personal computer with adequate internet access and sufficient software and bandwidth to support web conferencing. You will also require an operating system with a web browser compatible with Canvas, and Zoom.

Accessibility requirements


  • If you have any specific accessibility requirements, please contact elops@uts.edu.au

Contact us

Book a session

Mon 22 Jul 2024-
Fri 13 Sep 2024
Expert: Kamal Dua, Dr Gabriele De Rubis
  • Click on the underlined sessions and hours total link below to reveal specific session details.
  • Online
  • 8 sessions, 8 hours total

Enrolments close Friday, 19 July 2024 at 11.59pm (AEST) or when all places have been filled, whichever occurs first. 


Acknowledgement of Country

UTS acknowledges the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation, the Boorooberongal people of the Dharug Nation, the Bidiagal people and the Gamaygal people, upon whose ancestral lands our university stands. We would also like to pay respect to the Elders both past and present, acknowledging them as the traditional custodians of knowledge for these lands.