MCRO06006 2013 Microbiology

General Details

Full Title
Transcript Title
N/A %
Subject Area
MCRO - Microbiology
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
Programme Membership
SG_SENER_B07 201300 Bachelor of Science in Energy, Sustainability SG_SAGRI_G06 000000 Higher Certificate in Science in Agri-Food Science SG_SAGRI_B07 201800 Bachelor of Science in Science in Agri-Food Science SG_SAGRI_H08 201800 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Science in Agri-Food Science

This module provides students on the course with a theoretical and practical introduction to Microorganisms in the world around us with special regard to the environment.

Learning Outcomes

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


Demonstrate an ability to carry out basic Microbiological Laboratory Procedures while working safely and aseptically in a Microbiology Laboratory.  


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


Demonstrate a knowledge of the place of microorganisms in the living world and be able to describe the nature of both prokaryotic and eukaryotic microorganisms and viruses


Describe the fine cellular structures and functions of microorganisms


Explain the nutritional and environmental factors influencing growth and reproduction

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

CUST06001 200900 Prisoncraft

Indicative Syllabus

Theory: Nature of microorganisms, prokaryotic, eukaryotic and viruses.
Fine structure and functions of all components of microorganisms, walls, capsules, membranes, genome.
Nutritional requirements for growth, design of culture media,
Range of Environmental factors affecting growth and reproduction,
Metabolism and energy
Growth of microbial populations, growth curves

Laboratory: The Simple Stain.The Gram Stain.The Spore Stain. The Hanging Drop. 
Aseptic Technique and Media Preparation.
Complex Streak, isolated colonies, pure culture maintenance 
Culturing Microorganisms on Selective and Differential Media
Effect of Environmental Factors on the growth of Microorganisms.
Enumeration of Microorganisms Pour Plate Method 

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 5 4
2 Short Answer Questions Theory Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 10 % Week 9 5
3 Written Report Laboratory Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 30 % OnGoing 2
4 Short Answer Questions Laboratory Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 10 % Week 4 3
5 Short Answer Questions Laboratory Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 10 % Week 10 3
6 Interview Feedback Formative UNKNOWN - % OnGoing 1,2,3,4,5,6

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Final Exam Theory Final Exam UNKNOWN 30 % End of Term 4,5,6

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Lecture Theatre Lecture 2 Weekly 2.00
Laboratory Practical Science Laboratory Laboratory Practical 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

Laboratory manuals

Moodle site

Additional Information