Core Module Information
Module title: Applied Microbiology

SCQF level: 08:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: BMS08104
Module leader: Nick Wheelhouse
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: Life Sciences

MIC07100 Introductory Microbiology
Examples of Equivalent Learning Basic knowledge of microbes

Description of module content:

Microorganisms occur throughout nature and while the impacts of microorganisms on your life may not be immediately obvious, they play a surprising number of vital roles which help sustain life on Earth. Understanding the mechanisms through which microorganisms adapt to their environment is key to appreciating how they contribute to the planet and how these mechanisms are exploited either directly or indirectly by humans.
Through a series of lectures and tutorials you will study fundamental aspects of microbiology and explore how these traits are exploited in the applied fields of medicine, agriculture, food and pharmaceutical industry. Practical laboratory sessions will help you gain experience in commonly employed practical techniques relating to the lecture material and will help you refine your data analysis and presentation skills.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module students will be able to:
LO1: Explore the cell structure and function of fungi, bacteria, archaea, viruses and protozoa
LO2: Relate microbial adaptations in cell structure, function and metabolism to environmental changes
LO3: Consider how microbial adaptations are practically exploited in medicine, agriculture, the food and pharmaceutical industries
LO4: Develop insight into analysis and interpretation of microbiological data, and observations, from the laboratory
LO5: Exemplify best practice in the safe practical handling of microorganisms

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2023/4, Trimester 1, FACE-TO-FACE, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: FACE-TO-FACE
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Nick Wheelhouse
Module Organiser:

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 27
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 12
Independent Learning Groupwork (Scheduled) 24
Independent Learning Guided independent study 137
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Practical Skills Assessment 10.00 1, 4 & 5 6 HOURS= 00.00, WORDS= 500
Laboratory report 30.00 2 & 4 6 HOURS= 00.00, WORDS= 1200
Reflective Log 10.00 4 6 , WORDS= 200
Poster 30.00 3 9 , WORDS= 500
Oral Presentation 20.00 3 10 HOURS= 00.00
Component 1 subtotal: 50
Component 2 subtotal: 50
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
BMS08104- Applied Microbiology