Module title: Microbiology (Sri Lanka)

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

Module code: MIC08801
Module leader: Nick Wheelhouse
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: Microbiology & Drug Discovery


2020/1, Trimester 1, FACE-TO-FACE,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: FACE-TO-FACE
Location of delivery: SRI LANKA
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. Formative assessment will occur in weeks
6 with a short test delivered via Moodle. These tests will be both formative and summative since
students receive instant feedback. In addition opportunities will be provided in class group work
sessions, tutorials and via Moodle for students to undertake exercises involving self and peer

Summative Assessment:
In addition to the class test, summative assessment will also include an essay and a formal exam.

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

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Centrally Time Tabled Digital Examination 50 1,2,4 11 HOURS= 2.15, WORDS= 0
Digital Examination (not Centrally Timetabled) 25 3 &5 1 HOURS= 1, WORDS= 0
Essay 25 1,2,3,4 & 5 9 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 1500
Component 1 subtotal: 50
Component 2 subtotal: 50
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

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.

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.

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 factors affecting growth and the dynamics of cell growth and death
LO3: Explore methods used for the isolation, quantification and identification of microorganisms and methods for controlling microbial growth
LO4: Examine specific metabolic pathways used by bacteria and explore their significance in terms of their 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:
MIC08801 Microbiology (Sri Lanka)