Core Module Information
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: Life Sciences


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.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2023/4, 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:

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 Examination 50 1,2,4 11 HOURS= 2.15, WORDS= 0
Centrally Time Tabled Examination 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

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
MIC08801 Microbiology (Sri Lanka)