Module title: Microbiology

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

Module code: MIC08101
Module leader: Nick Wheelhouse
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: Microbiology & Drug Discovery
Prerequisites

BMS07100 Molecules and Cells


Description of module content:

In this module you will examine the diversity of microorganisms in terms of their structure and activity, and in relation to their ecological niche. You will gain an insight into how microorganisms adapt to their environment and how this contributes to the remarkable diversity of the microbial population on this planet. You will also evaluate methods that are used to grow and quantify microorganisms. In addition you will evaluate the methods employed to control the growth of microbial populations and how these methods are applied in medicine, and the food and pharmaceutical industry, for example.

Cell structure and function; Spores and sporulation; Transport mechanisms; Nutrient and physico-chemical requirements of microorganisms; Bacterial growth and death – growth and death curves; factors affecting growth, comparison of methods for measuring growth. Use of microscopy to visualise and count microorganism. Comparison of methods for controlling bacterial growth, e.g. antibiotics, disinfectants, UV, pasteurisation; Introduction to fungi, protozoa and viruses.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to
LO1: Describe the structure and function of the main components of the bacterial cell;
LO2: Examine the dynamics of cell growth and death, and methods for controlling microbial growth;
LO3: Explore methods used for the isolation, quantification and identification of microorganisms;
LO4: Examine specific metabolic pathways used by bacteria and explore their significance in terms of the ecological niche and possible exploitation.
LO5: Describe fungi, protozoa and viruses in terms of diversity, reproduction/infection cycle and significance.

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:

Core - TORTORA, GJ, FUNKE, BR AND CASE, CL. (2016) MICROBIOLOGY – AN INTRODUCTION: PEARSON EDUCATION, 12th ed. - ISBN: 9780321929150
Core - J WILLEY, LM SHERWOOD AND C WOOLVERTON (2014) PRESCOTT’S MICROBIOLOGY: MCGRAW-HILL HIGHER EDUCATION, 9th ed.
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