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: Microbiology & Drug Discovery

MIC07100 Introductory Microbiology
Examples of Equivalent Learning Basic knowledge of microbes

2018/9, 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:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
This module will be delivered through a combination of face to face teaching and independent learning. Face to face teaching will involve a mixture of lectures, tutorials and practical laboratory classes. Laboratory classes will include ‘activity blocks’ during which students work in small groups to undertake exercises in experiment design and problem-solving. Experimental design and problem solving exercises will be embedded in and supported by lectures. Suggestions for further reading will be provided to support and encourage independent studies.

Formative Assessment:
Formative assessment will occur in the form of practical skills assessments, peer review and self-assessment.

Within the laboratory, ongoing skills assessments will be performed and immediate feedback given. Opportunities will be provided in the subsequent classroom sessions for feedback, which will aid in preparation of the summative Portfolio assessments (weeks 6 and 10). To aid in the laboratory report component of the portfolio students will be given an opportunity, in class time to perform a self-assessment of their own draft report against a prepared example, prior to the final submission of the Portfolio (week 12).

Formative assessment of a draft poster will be performed as part of a peer review process in the class session of week 8. Critical feedback on your own work from others is invaluable towards improving your work. The feedback you receive from classmates will act as a critical feed-forward for the summative poster assessment of week 9.

Summative Assessment:
Summative assessment will occur in the form of a poster presentation to cover LO3 and portfolio to cover LOS 1,2,4,5. Posters will be produced by small groups of students (2-3 students) and based upon contempory topics in microbiology, assessment will be based upon poster visual content, and short oral presentation from each of the group members. The portfolio will consist of a number of short assessments centred upon lecture content and a report based upon the laboratory practicals.

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
Poster 50.00 3 9 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 0
Portfolio 50 1,2,4 & 5 13 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 50
Component 2 subtotal: 50
Module subtotal: 100

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

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