General Details

Full Title
Transcript Title
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Subject Area
BIO - Bio Tech/Eng/Chem
LIFE - Life Sciences
08 - NFQ Level 8
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Macdara Bodeker, Mary Butler
Programme Membership
SG_SBIOP_E08 201900 Level 8 Certificate in Science in Biopharmaceutical Science SG_SBIOP_E08 201900 Certificate in Science in Bioprocessing Technologies SG_SBIOT_E08 SG_SBIOP_K08 201900 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Biopharmaceutical Science. SG_SCOLI_E08 201900 Certificate in Science in Colin McLeans Test Programme

This module aims to provide students with a detailed knowledge and understanding of the general principles and methods of Biocontamination control; establishing and verifying the formal system for contamination control and associated test methods and requirements; traditional and modern methods of microbial detection; expressing, interpreting and reporting results; training and documentation requirements.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Discuss and critically evaluate the most relevant microbes for the biopharmaceutical industry and identify and discuss appropriate prevention techniques for each contaminant.


Source and interpret the theory behind the detection test methods available, including traditional and rapid identification testing.


Develop and justify an appropriate monitoring regime for a pharmaceutical/biopharmaceutical facility.


Describe the relevant regulatory expectations for Biocontamination Control including ICH Q8, Q9 and Q10.


Perform research on a relevant topic and analyse, evaluate, communicate and explain scientific data relating to biocontamination control.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

'This module will be delivered part-time in the form of on line tutorials augmented by independent learning and directed learning. This approach is expected to address student learning needs. Moodle will be used as a repository of educational resources and as a means of assessment (e.g. quizzes, uploading assignments and journals). 

Module Assessment Strategies

Assessment Strategies

The assessment approach for this module will be 100% Continuous Assessment with a range of assessment methods employed including some of the following: short-form assessment exams incl. MCQ's, project assignments, practical work, essays, oral presentations, vivas etc.

Continuous Assessment of Course Work - 30% of marks.

End of term online exam - 30% of marks.

Mini research project - 40% of marks.

The miniproject is a MANDATORY form of assessment for any modules on this programme with a miniproject component.

Repeat Assessments

Repeat Continuous Assessment or Project Resubmission.

Indicative Syllabus

General principles and methods of Biocontamination control.

Establishing and verifying the formal system for control and associated test methods and requirements.

Traditional and modern methods of microbial detection.

Training and documentation requirements.

Basic microbiology and specific microbes of relevance.

Potential sources of contamination.

Techniques & tools for prevention and correction/removal of biocontamination including, monitoring and detection methods.

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Open Book Exam Online Continuous Assessment Multiple Choice 15 % Week 5 1,2,3
2 Open Book Exam Online Continuous Assessment Multiple Choice 15 % Week 10 2,3,4
3 LAQ Exam Online Continuous Assessment Closed Book Exam 30 % Week 14 1,2,3,4
4 Individual Project Mini Research Project Project 35 % End of Term 5
5 Oral Continuous Assessment Interview 5 % End of Term 5

Part Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Not Specified Online 2 Weekly 2.00
Directed Learning Not Specified Course Notes / Slides 4 Weekly 4.00
Independent Learning UNKNOWN Mini Research Activities 4 Weekly 4.00
Total Part Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 6.00 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Hugo and Russell's: Pharmaceutical Microbiology (Seventh Edition) Editor(s): Stephen P Denyer, Norman A Hodges, Sean P Gorman Print ISBN: 9780632064670 Online ISBN: 9780470988329.

Microbial Limit and Bioburden Tests: Validation Approaches and Global Requirements,Second Edition, 2nd Edition By Lucia Clontz. ISBN: 978-1-4200534-8-7.

Rapid Microbiological Methods in the Pharmaceutical Industry Editors: Martin C. Easter ISBN: 978-1-57491-141-1 (hardback) 978-0-203-01087-7 (electronic).

Journal Resources

as per moodle page

URL Resources

as per moodle page

Other Resources


Additional Information