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: Microbiology & Drug Discovery


2019/0, Trimester 2, FACE-TO-FACE,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: FACE-TO-FACE
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Donald Morrison
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
This module will be delivered through a combination of face to face teaching and guided 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:
Two formative online digital examination will occur in weeks 5 and 6 through online tests delivered via Moodle where students receive instant feedback following the test. In addition, opportunities will be provided in class group work sessions, tutorials and via Moodle for students to undertake exercises involving self and peer evaluation. Two workshops will be provided, one to enhance essay writing skills (structure, citation and reference) and the other to support feedback on coursework.

Summative Assessment:
An online digital examination (delivered via Moodle) due in week 7 (30%) will assess laboratory skills and LO3 and LO6. An essay due in week 11 (30%) will assess essay writing skills and LO1. A Centrally Timetabled online digital examination (delivered via Moodle) in week 14 (40%) will cover LO2, LO4, LO5.

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
Independent Learning 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
Digital Examination (not Centrally Timetabled) 30 3 & 6 7 HOURS= 0.45, WORDS= 0
Essay 30 1 11 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 750
Centrally Time Tabled Digital Examination 40 2,4 & 5 14 HOURS= 1, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 60
Component 2 subtotal: 40
Module subtotal: 100

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:

LO1. Recognise the significance of microorganisms and outline their contribution to life on earth.
LO2. Outline the classification of microorganisms (bacteria, archaea, viruses, fungi and protozoa) and relate this to the developments in taxonomic methods.
LO3: Gain an appreciation of the methods used for the isolation, quantification and identification of microorganisms.
LO4: Develop an awareness of the dynamics of microbial cell growth, relate this to nutritional requirements and define the environmental factors that affect growth.
LO5: State the principles underlying microbial growth control, define the terminology and name the various agents used.
LO6: Develop an awareness of basic microbiology techniques through practical laboratory experience.

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