General Details

Full Title
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Subject Area
MCRO - Microbiology
LIFE - Life Sciences
06 - NFQ Level 6
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Angela McMorrow, John Barrett Phd.
Programme Membership
SG_SFORE_G07 201900 Bachelor of Science in Science in Forensic Invest & Analys(Emb) SG_SBIOM_B07 201900 Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Science SG_SPHAR_B07 201900 Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Science SG_SHUMA_H08 201900 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Human Nutrition SG_SHUMA_B07 201900 Bachelor of Science in Human Nutrition SG_SPHAR_H08 201900 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Pharmaceutical Science SG_SMEDI_H08 201900 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Science in Medical Biotechnology SG_SFORE_H08 201900 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Science in Forensic Science and Analysis SG_SFORE_B07 201900 Bachelor of Science in Science in Forensic Investigation and Analysis SG_SANAL_G06 201900 Higher Certificate in Science in Analytical Science SG_SBIOM_C06 202100 Higher Certificate in Science in Biomedical Science SG_SPHAR_C06 202100 Higher Certificate in Science in Pharmaceutical Science

The aim of this module is to introduce the student to both the theoretical and practical aspects of basic microbiological techniques required to safely handle, investigate and manipulate micro-organisms in laboratory setting. Students will be provided with the opportunity to acquire knowledge of the subject matter through a variety of lecturer led activities and self-directed study. Such activities will include traditional and interactive lectures, problem solving and revision tutorials and laboratory practical classes. Theoretical and practical problems will be employed to assist students in the development of their analytical and problem solving capabilities.

Learning Outcomes

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


Understand that microorganisms  comprise   a diverse  range  of  organisms  that  includes  bacteria, fungi, protozoans, algae, viruses and sub-viral particles.


Understand microbial structural diversity and classification.


Be  aware  of microbial  physiological  diversity  which  is  reflected in a range of  microbial  activities  in  nature,  in  their  importance in biotechnology and in health and disease. Understand  the  theoretical  and   practical   principles  underpinning  a  diverse  range  of  methodologies  aimed  at  controlling microbial growth.


Be capable of  manipulating and  interpreting  numerical  data  relating  to  microbiological    analysis.


Understand  the  importance  of,  and  work  in compliance with, health and safety policies  and good laboratory practice as it pertains to microbiology laboratories.


Demonstrate an awareness of key principles of Microbiology and be able to explain major microbiological concepts by demonstrating a capacity for critical scientific analysis of relevant issues.


Be able to design and execute experiments, systematically collect and analyze data, identify sources of error, and interpret the results and reach logical conclusions.  They should also have a basic understanding of safety issues.


Operate basic laboratory instruments used in microbiology practical experimentation.


Apply the scientific method by stating a question; researching the topic; determining appropriate tests; performing tests; collecting, analyzing, and presenting data; and finally proposing new questions about the topic.


Be able to (1) differentiate between fact and opinion, (2) recognize and evaluate author bias and rhetoric, (3) develop inferential skills, (4) recognize logical fallacies and faulty reasoning, and (5) make decisions and judgments by drawing logical conclusions using sound quantitative and statistically-based reasoning.

Understand and appreciate the value of cooperating and working effectively with peers and be able to demonstrate a commitment to the process of developing such skills.

Teaching and Learning Strategies


Module Assessment Strategies


Repeat Assessments


Module Dependencies


Indicative Syllabus


•1.       History of microbiology.

•2.       Microscopy.

•3.       The structure of the bacterial cell.

•4.       Aseptic technique.

•5.       Microbial classification.

•6.       Chemical factors affecting microbial growth.

•7.       Physical factors affecting microbial growth.

•8.       Controling microbial growth.

•9.       Culturing microbes.

Indicative Practical:

•1.       Aseptic techniques.

•2.       Staining of microbial cells - Gram stain, spore stain.

•3.       Microbial motility tests - direct microscopic observation and motility agar technique.

•4.       Culture techniques- aerobic and aerobic culture.

•5.       Enumerating microbes - pour plate, spread plate.

•6.       Controling microbial growth- disinfectant efficacy tests (MIC), antibiotic susceptibility tests.

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
65 %
End of Semester / Year Formal Exam
35 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Mid term assessment. Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 15 % Week 7 1,2,3
2 Health and safety compliance - safe handling of microbes, safety glasses compliance Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 5 % OnGoing 5
3 Post practical assessments Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 15 % OnGoing 4,10
4 Practical skills assessment. Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 10 % OnGoing 8
5 Group laboratory based mini project on identification of an unknown microbe Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 15 % OnGoing 7,9,11
6 Report preparation and submission Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 5 % OnGoing 4

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Final theory examination Final Exam Assessment 35 % End of Term 1,2,3,4,5,6

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Tiered Classroom Lecture 2 Weekly 2.00
Laboratory Practical Science Laboratory Laboratory Work 2 Weekly 2.00
Independent Learning UNKNOWN Self study 4 Weekly 4.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 4.00 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Brock Biology of Microorganisms -

Michael T. MadiganKelly S. Bender and Daniel H. Buckley

Edition: 15TH Copyright: 2018 Publisher: Pearson, Published: 2018

Text Only - 15th edition. ISBN13: 9780134261928


Microbiology: Laboratory Theory and Application, - 3rd edition

Michael J. Leboffe and Burton E. Pierce
Edition: 3RD 16 Copyright: 2016  Publisher: Morton Publishing Co.
Published: 2016.
 ISBN13: 9781617314773


Microbiology - 2nd edition

Anthony Strelkauskas

Edition: 2ND 16 Copyright: 2016  Publisher: Garland Publishing
Published: 2016. 
ISBN13: 9780815345138



Medical Microbiology - 8th Edition                                                                          Patrick R. Murray PhD (Author), Ken S. Rosenthal PhD (Author), Michael A. Pfaller MD (Author)                                                                                               Published: 2019. ISBN-13: 978-0323299565


Medical Microbiology - 8th Edition                                                                         Patrick Murray Ken Rosenthal Michael Pfaller.  Elsevier                                         Published Date: 28th October 2015.  ISBN: 9780323299565 


Other Resources

Microbiology Webbed Out-

Pats Medical Microbiology Sites-

Federation of European Microbiology Societies:

Society for General Microbiology:

FDA Bacteriological Analytical Manual (BAM) http://vm.cfsan/


Annual Reviews in Microbiology / Microbiology and Molecular Biology Reviews / Nature Reviews in Microbiology / Trends in Microbiology