ENVR06044 2013 Microbial Monitoring-Environmental

General Details

Full Title
Microbial Monitoring-Environmental
Transcript Title
Microbiological Monitoring
N/A %
Subject Area
ENVR - Environmental Science
ESCI - Environmental Science
06 - NFQ Level 6
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2013 - Full Academic Year 2013-14
End Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
Billy Fitzgerald, Michael Broaders, Aideen Considine

The aim of this module is to introduce students  to a wide range of Microbiological techniques in general use in a variety of Environmental settings.

Learning Outcomes

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


To apply  a range of appropriate laboratory skills to perform routine analysis using microbiological techniques.


Report on laboratory activities both electronically and in log book form


Manipulate laboratory results , produce graphs and tables and answer short questions to demonstrate a detailed understanding of practicals preformed


Explain the principles of enumeration methods used in Microbiological Analysis


Describe the basic methods used to control microbial growth

Module Assessment Strategies

To assess the learning outcomes the students will be tested on the theory covered by short question tests and final theory examination.

The laboratory activites will be assessed on an ongoing basis by short question examinations, electronically uploaded laboratory reports and the periodic testing of practical laboratory skills acquired. 

Module Dependencies

None MCRO06006 201300 Microbiology

Indicative Syllabus

Laboratory: Counting Yeast Cells using a Hemocytometer Slide
Counting Yeast Cells using a Direct and Indirect method.
Calculating CFUs/ml. from Spread Plate Counts
Environmental Monitoring for Microorganisms
Air Analysis for Bacteria and Yeasts and Moulds
Antibiotic Inhibition to the growth of microorganisms
Minimal Inhibitory Concentration Test for antimicrobials
Disinfection options and assessment of water and waste water

Theory: Enumeration of microorganism, (viable and total) methods and calculations
Control of microbial growth Chemical/Physical:
Heat: Wet/Dry
Filtration, Radiation
Chemical Antimicrobials

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
70 %
End of Semester / Year Formal Exam
30 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Short Answer Questions Theory Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 10 % Week 21 4
2 Short Answer Questions Theory Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 10 % Week 25 5
3 Written Report Laboratory Notebook Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 30 % OnGoing 2
4 Short Answer Questions Laboratory Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 10 % Week 22 3
5 Short Answer Questions Laboratory Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 10 % Week 26 3
6 Interview Feedback, questions/answers Formative UNKNOWN - % OnGoing 1,2,3,4,5

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Final Exam Theory Final Exam UNKNOWN 30 % End of Term 4,5

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Lecture Theatre Lecture 2 Weekly 2.00
Laboratory Practical Science Laboratory Laboratory 2 Weekly 2.00
Independent Learning UNKNOWN Self Study 3 Weekly 3.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 4.00 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Atlas R, 1996. Principles of Microbiology. 2nd edition. William C Brown Publishers

Dubey R, Maheshwar D, 2010. Practical Microbiology. 1st edition. S Chand & Co Ltd Publishers. 

Glazer, Alexander N, Nikaidō H, 2007 Microbial Biotechnology. 2nd edition. Cambridge University Press Publishers.

Hofkin B, 2010. Living in a microbial world. 1st edition. Garland Science Publishers

Madigan M, Martinko J, Stahl D, Clark  D, 2011.  Brock Biology of Microorganisms. 13th edition. Benjamin Cummings Publishers.

Maier R, Pepper I, Gerba C, 2008. Environmentsal Microbiology. 2nd edetion. Academic Press Publishers. 

Prescott L, Harley J, Klein D, 2004.  Microbiology. 6th edition. McGraw-Hill Higher Education Publisher.

Schlegel H, Koqut M, 1993. General Microbiology. 7th edition. Cambridge University Press Publishers.

Strelkauskas A,  StrelkauskasJ, Moszyk- Strelkauskas D, 2009. Microbiology: A Clinical Approach. 1st edition. Garland Science Publishers.

Whellis M, 2007. Principles of Modern Microbiology. 1ST edition. Jones and Bartlett Publishers

Willey J, Sherwood L, Woolverton C, 2013. Prescott's Microbiology. 9TH edition. McGraw-Hill Science Publishers  

Other Resources

Lecture Notes and Handouts 

Practical Manual

Moodle Pages

Additional Information