Core Module Information
Module title: Introductory Microbiology

SCQF level: 07:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: MIC07100
Module leader: Donald Morrison
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: Life Sciences

There are no pre-requisites for this module to be added

Description of module content:

In this module you will gain an appreciation of the significance of microorganisms, in every areas of our lives. You will learn how microorganisms, including bacteria, archaea, viruses, fungi and protozoa, are classified and where they sit on the universal tree of life. You will also develop an awareness of the methods used for the isolation, quantification and identification of microorganisms and how the dynamics of cell growth and death are measured. In addition you will become aware of the various methods, physical, chemical and biological, that are employed to control the growth of microbial populations and how these methods are applied in medicine, and in the food and pharmaceutical industry. Laboratory sessions will help you gain experience in basic microbiology techniques and will reinforce what you have learnt in lectures and tutorials. You will apply your knowledge and laboratory skills to handle, observe, characterise and distinguish different microbial groups.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to

LO1: You will be able to recognise the significance of microorganisms and outline their contribution to life on earth.

LO2: You will be able to outline the classification of microorganisms (bacteria, archaea, viruses, fungi and protozoa) and relate this to the developments in taxonomic methods.

LO3: You will gain an appreciation of the methods used for the isolation, quantification and identification of microorganisms.

LO4: You will develop an awareness of the dynamics of microbial cell growth, relate this to nutritional requirements and define the environmental factors that affect growth.

LO5: You will be able to state the principles underlying microbial growth control, define the terminology and name the various agents used.

LO6: You will develop an awareness of basic microbiology techniques through practical laboratory experience.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2023/4, Trimester 2, In Person, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: In Person
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Donald Morrison
Module Organiser:

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 30
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 19
Online Guided independent study 151
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Practical Skills Assessment 30 3~6 6 HOURS= 3
Essay 30 1 10 , WORDS= 750
Class Test 40 2~4~5 13 HOURS= 1hr15mins
Component 1 subtotal: 30
Component 2 subtotal: 70
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
MIC07100 - Introductory Microbiology