Core Module Information
Module title: Microbes and Man [Sri Lanka]

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

Module code: MIC08802
Module leader: Nick Wheelhouse
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: Life Sciences


Description of module content:

You will explore current issues featuring in media headlines with analyses of a select choice of viruses, fungi and protozoa of medical, environmental and industrial significance. You will gain insight of how the diversity of microorganisms can be exploited in biotechnology both to the benefit and detriment of mankind. You will also explore some of the controversial issues in biotechnology, especially the construction of GMOs and the significance of the release of GMOs into the environment.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to
LO1: explore the commercial exploitation of microbial metabolism by food and pharmaceutical industries, environmental, agricultural and chemical sectors
LO2: gain an overview of gene cloning, together with the construction and exploitation of genetically-modified organisms (GMOs).
LO3: examine specific fungi, bacteria, viruses and protozoa of medical, industrial and environmental relevance
LO4: consider microbiology and biotechnology topics of particular relevance in current affairs.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2023/4, Trimester 2, FACE-TO-FACE,
Occurrence: 002
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 40
Independent Learning Guided independent study 158
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
Poster 40 4 8 HOURS= 2, WORDS= 0
Centrally Time Tabled Examination 60 1,2 & 3 11 HOURS= 2, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 40
Component 2 subtotal: 60
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
MIC08802- Microbes & Man (Sri Lanka