MCRO06006 2019 Microbiology

General Details

Full Title
Microbiology
Transcript Title
Microbiology
Code
MCRO06006
Attendance
N/A %
Subject Area
MCRO - Microbiology
Department
ESCI - Environmental Science
Level
06 - NFQ Level 6
Credit
05 - 05 Credits
Duration
Semester
Fee
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Author(s)
Aideen Considine, Ana Vale
Programme Membership
SG_SAGRI_B07 201900 Bachelor of Science in Science in Agri-Food Science SG_SAGRI_H08 201900 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Science in Agri-Food Science SG_SENVI_B07 201900 Bachelor of Science in Science in Environmental Protection SG_SENVI_H08 201900 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Science in Environmental Science SG_SSUST_C06 201900 Higher Certificate in Science in Sustainable Food Production SG_SSCIE_B07 201900 Bachelor of Science in Science SG_SAGRI_H08 201900 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Science in Agri-Food Science SG_SSCIE_H08 201900 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Science SG_SSCIE_C06 201900 Higher Certificate in Science in Science
Description

This module provides students with a theoretical and practical introduction to Microorganisms.It examines the influence of the  bacteria, fungi and viruses on our lives and on the environment around us and gives  the opportunity to grow, manipulate and examine these organisms microscopically.    

Learning Outcomes

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

1.

 Carry out basic microbiological laboratory procedures while working safely and aseptically 

2.

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

3.

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.

4.

Describe the fine cellular structures and functions of microorganisms.

5.

Explain the nutritional and environmental factors influencing growth and reproduction.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

This module will be delivered full-time and will include lecturers and practicals augmented by independent and direct learning.Moodle will be used as a repository of educational resources and as a means of assessment- uploading assignments and reports. 

Module Assessment Strategies

This module is 70% continuous assessment and 30% final exam.

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

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

The student must reach an assigned gate (mark) in the final exam and achieve 40% overall to pass the subject.

Repeat Assessments

Repeat continuous assessment and/or final exam.

Module Dependencies

Incompatibles
None

Indicative Syllabus

 

Carry out basic microbiological laboratory procedures while working safely and aseptically 

  • The simple stain
  • The Gram stain
  • The spore stain
  • Aseptic technique and Media preparation
  • Complex streak, isolated colonies

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

  • Culturing microorganisms on selective and differential Media
  • Effect of environmental factors on the growth of microorganisms
  • Enumeration- Pour plate method 

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

  • Definitions and examples of microorganisms
  • History of classification of microorganisms
  • Differences between prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells
  • Comparison of Bacteria and Archaea  

Describe the fine cellular structures and functions of microorganisms

Structures and functions of the following

  • Bacterial/ Fungal/ Viral Cells

Bacteria will be studied in detail under the following headings

  • Cell Wall
  • Cell membrane
  • Cell nucleoid/Plasmid
  • Capsules and slime layers
  • Endospores
  • Flagella
  • Reproduction
     

Explain the nutritional and environmental factors influencing growth and reproduction

  • Nutritional requirements for growth and design of culture media
  • Effect of environmental factors on  growth
  • Microbial metabolism
  • Growth curves

     

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 Closed Book Exam 10 % Week 5 3,4
2 Short Answer Questions Theory Continuous Assessment Closed Book Exam 10 % Week 9 5
3 Reports/Laboratory Book Continuous Assessment Written Report 30 % OnGoing 1,2
4 Short Answer Questions Laboratory Continuous Assessment Practical Evaluation 10 % Week 4 1,2
5 Short Answer Questions Laboratory Continuous Assessment Practical Evaluation 10 % Week 10 1,2

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Final Theory Examination Final Exam Closed Book Exam 30 % End of Semester 3,4,5
             
             

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Dubey R, Maheshwar D,( 2010). Practical Microbiology. 1st edn. S Chand & Co Ltd. India 

Glazer, Alexander N, Nikaidō H. (2007). Microbial Biotechnology. 2nd edn. Cambridge University Press.Cambridge, England

Hofkin B, (2010). Living in a microbial world. 1st edn. Garland Science Publishers.New York, USA.

Madigan M, Martinko J, Stahl D, Clark D,( 2011).  Brock Biology of Microorganisms. 13th edn. Benjamin Cummings Publishers. San Francisco, USA

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

Prescott L, Harley J, Klein D, (2004).  Microbiology. 6th edn. McGraw-Hill Higher Education.New York, USA

 Slonczewski J,  Foster J, (2017). Microbiology: An Evolving Science.4thedn. W. W. Norton & Company. New York. USA.

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

 Tortora G, Berdell R, Case C, Weber D, Warner B. (2018). Microbiology an Introduction. 13th edn. Pearson. New York, USA.

Whellis M, (2007). Principles of Modern Microbiology. 1st edn. Jones and Bartlett.Boston. USA.

Willey J, Sherwood L, Woolverton C, (2013). Prescott's Microbiology. 9th edn. McGraw-Hill Science. San Diego.USA.

Journal Resources

International Journal of Microbiology

Annual review of Microbiology

Nature Microbiology

Microbiome

URL Resources

https://microbiologyonline.org/

https://www.asm.org/

https://www.asm.org/podcasts

www.cdc.gov

http://www.learner.org/resources/series121.html

www.epa.ie

https://www.nature.com/subjects/environmental-microbiology

www.microbe.net/resources/microbiology-web-resources/

onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/14622920

https://microbiology.usgs.gov/

https://microbiologysociety.org/publication/past-issues/soil.html

https://www.nature.com/subjects/soil-microbiology

Other Resources

Lecture notes and handouts

Laboratory manuals

Moodle site

Additional Information

None