Microbiology in Depth

Quantal Bioscience offers a revolution in STEM engagement that is truly unique in Australia…

Ready for 2018, Quantal Bioscience is launching our new Microbiology in Depth programs, providing research teaching frameworks to support teachers and students undertaking depth studies as part of the new Stage 6 curriculum.

Quantal’s 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 the minimum 15 hour in-class time requirements for both Year 11 and Year 12. Our Microbiology in Depth programs provide considerable benefit to teachers, making possible large numbers of 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 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.

Each Microbiology In Depth base package is comprised of:

  • 15 h lesson plan – mini-lectures, experimental core and practical investigations
  • Mini-lecture materials – slide deck and handouts
  • Primary scientific literature reference list
  • Lab materials resource list for teaching / support staff
  • Student microbiology skills manual
  • Student lab book keeping guidelines and template
  • Guidance on “jumping off points” for student investigations
  • Guidance on scientific poster and report writing plus customisable templates
  • Teacher guidance for formative and summative assessment tasks and rubric suggestions

Beyond the base package, additional support is available for each Microbiology in Depth study, including supply of laboratory materials and teacher training.

The following Microbiology in Depth studies are currently available:

  • Microbial Stress Response (base package and teacher training available now)
  • More depth study packages coming soon!

With ~100 combined years’ experience across our scientific staff and research students AND authentic current scientific research efforts to draw on, we can also develop and tailor depth study programs to meet the particular needs of your school and teaching staff.

For more information about our Microbiology in Depth programs and to register your school’s interest please contact Dr Belinda Chapman, Director of Quantal Bioscience at belinda.chapman@quantalbioscience.com.

Why microbiology?


Microbiology is a science that is immediately engaging for students. Microbiology is a whole world we cannot see, but one that is all around us, on us and in us each and every day. Therefore we are constantly encountering the microbiological world, but with rarely a thought spared for how it affects our world and our lives.

Microbiology is an incredibly applied science. Our health and wellbeing, the ability to grow our crops, the foods we eat and many of the products that we use each day all depend on microbiology. In some cases, humans have appreciated the value of microbes for thousands of years (even before they knew what microbes were). But in many cases, the importance of microbes to human existence is only just beginning to be appreciated. Therefore, the science of microbiology has a rich history to draw on, as well as an exciting and high tech future ahead of it. Microbiomics, the study of complex microbial ecosystems using molecular biology and bioinformatics, will be central to the high tech future of microbiology.

Microbiology is a wonderful context for true STEM teaching and application. This is because microbiology is an integrative science that draws on and utilises biology, physics, chemistry, mathematics, engineering and technology. Each and every one of these scientific disciplines is important in microbiology. Teaching students basic science concepts is much more easily achieved when they can be placed into an engaging context such as microbiology. An engaging context has also been shown to dramatically improve a student’s ability to recall facts and science concepts, and to deepen their understanding of these. With this deep understanding comes improved confidence in application of their knowledge to solve problems, and improved problem-solving ability.

What are the requirements for Stage 6 Depth Studies?

The new NESA requirements for Stage 6 depth studies are as follows:

  • A minimum of 15 hours of in-class time is allocated in both Year 11 and Year 12
  • At least one depth study must be included in both Year 11 and Year 12
  • The two Working Scientifically outcomes of Questioning and Predicting, and Communicating must be addressed in both Year 11 and Year 12
  • A minimum of two additional Working Scientifically skills outcomes, and further development of at least one Knowledge and Understanding outcome, are to be addressed in all depth studies

Quantal Bioscience’s Microbiology in Depth programs provide support for all of the NESA requirements for Stage 6 depth studies.