MCRO07003 2013 Applied and Environmental Microbiology

General Details

Full Title
Applied and Environmental Microbiology
Transcript Title
Appl. Env. Micro
50 %
Subject Area
MCRO - Microbiology
ESCI - Environmental Science
07 - NFQ Level 7
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2013 - Full Academic Year 2013-14
End Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
Billy Fitzgerald, Michael Broaders
Programme Membership
SG_SENVI_J07 201300 Bachelor of Science in Science in Environmental Protection SG_SSCIE_H08 201600 Bachelor of Science (Honours) SG_SSCIE_H08 201700 Bachelor of Science (Honours)

Students will learn the microbiological methods used to detect and enumerate faecal indicator bacteria, and will learn about water-borne bacterial, protozoan and viral pathogens and their dispersion in the environment, what diseases they cause. Students will learn how to analyse shellfish and compost/soil/sludge for microbial contamination. Students will learn about the role microorganisms play in activated sludge and will be able to recognise their occurance in wastewater treatment. 

Learning Outcomes

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


Will learn a variety of Laboratory methods for microbiological analysis: water, shellfish and Soil/compost analysis


will know the characteristics of faecal Indicator bacteria


will know the nature of water borne microbial pathogens, including sources, pathways and impact


will learn and show understanding of the factors affecting the fate of water borne pathogens


will know the microbiology of activated sludge

Module Assessment Strategies

The Laboratory component will be assessed by maintaining a laboratory Note Book, recording  all activites from each lab session as contempraneous notes. These notes will be assessed periodically and marks accumulated over the semester. Reports on Laboratory activities will be uploaded electronically via Moodle.

A laboratory assessment of good laboratory microbiological technique will be carried out periodically to ensure skills acquired.

Short Question test on laboratory methods

Feedback on performance will be ongoing

Short Questions exams on the theory component during the semester are intended to monitor progress and spread the assessment load leading to a Final theory exam to complete theory assessment.

Indicative Syllabus

Will know the characteristics of Faecal Indicator Bacteria

Fate of microbial pathogens in the environment:
will know the nature of water-borne microbial pathogens, including sources, pathways and impact,
survival and retention in soils/subsurface, microbial source tracking

Microbiology of Activated Sludge, Population succession, removal of BOD, Carbonaceous and Nitrogenous, denitrification.

Will be able to carry out complete bacteriological analysis of water samples for Faecal Indicator Bacteria
and indicators recreational water contamination.
Bacteriological Analysis of Shellfish
will learn how to analyse compost, sludge, soil for microbial contaminants

Will be able to carry out microscopic examination of  activated sludge.

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 Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 10 % Week 5 2
2 Short Answer Questions Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 10 % Week 10 3
3 Short Answer Questions Laboratory Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 10 % Week 10 1
4 Written Report Laboratory Notebook Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 20 % OnGoing 1
5 Written Report via Moodle Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 20 % OnGoing 1
6 Interview Feedback Formative UNKNOWN - % OnGoing 1,2,3,4,5

End of Semester / Year Assessment

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

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Tiered Classroom Lectures 2 Weekly 2.00
Laboratory Practical Science Laboratory Laboratory practical 2 Weekly 2.00
Independent Learning UNKNOWN library/study 3 Weekly 3.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 4.00 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Handbook of Water and Wastewater Microbiology,Duncan Mara (Editor), N. J. Horan (Editor) Academic Press Inc (2003) ISBN-10: 0124701000, ISBN-13: 978-0124701007

“Microscopic examination for the operation and control of wastewater treatment plants” By: N.J. Horan and L. Fletcher, 2010 Publisher: Aqua Enviro Technology Transfer

Basic Laboratory Procedures for Wastewater Examination (Water Environment Federation Special Publication) [Paperback]

Water Environment Federation (Author)

·         Publisher: Water Environment Federation,US; 4th Revised edition edition (1 Jan 2002)

·         ISBN-10: 1572782005

·         ISBN-13: 978-1572782006

Microscopic Examination of the Activated Sludge Process (Wastewater Microbiology) [Paperback] Michael H. Gerardi

 2008 | ISBN-10: 0470050713 | ISBN-13: 978-0470050712


Wastewater Microbiology (Wiley Series in Ecological and Applied Microbiology) Gabriel Bitton (Author)

2011 | ISBN-10: 0470630337 | ISBN-13: 978-0470630334 | Edition: 4th Edition

Other Resources

Laboratory Manual of Methods

Additional Information