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

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 lectures and supporting tutorials (LO 1-5). Lectures include ‘activity blocks’ during which students work in small groups to undertake exercises in experiment design or problem-solving. Experimental design exercises will be embedded in lectures.



Formative Assessment:
Moodle is used to provide self-assessment opportunities for each learning outcome, in addition to interactive learning tools to facilitate and reinforce learning. Opportunities will be provided in class group work sessions and tutorials for students to undertake exercises involving self and peer evaluation.

Formative assessment will occur in weeks 6 and 11 with a short test delivered via Moodle.


Summative Assessment:
In addition to the two 1 hour class tests, summative assessment will also be a formal CTE exam


Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 30
Face To Face Groupwork (Scheduled) 4
Independent Learning Guided independent study 164
Face To Face Centrally Time Tabled Examination 2
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200


Assessment
Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Digital Examination (not Centrally Timetabled) 20 1,5 6 HOURS= 1, WORDS= 0
Digital Examination (not Centrally Timetabled) 20 2,5 11 HOURS= 1, WORDS= 0
Centrally Time Tabled Examination 60 1,2,3 & 4 14/15 HOURS= 2, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 40
Component 2 subtotal: 60
Module subtotal: 100

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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