Module title: Environmental Microbiology (Sri Lanka)

SCQF level: 09:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: MIC09802
Module leader: Aimeric Blaud
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: Microbiology & Drug Discovery


2019/0, Trimester 2, Face-to-Face, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: Face-to-Face
Location of delivery: SRI LANKA
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Aimeric Blaud
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Learning & Teaching methods including their alignment to LOs
The module is taught in a series of lectures, providing an appreciable understanding of the role of the physico-chemical natural environment in controlling the activity of microorganisms, their relationship with other biota (LO1, LO3, LO5) and methods of study (LO2, LO4). Laboratory projects will be used to reinforce the taught course. These will utilise statistical analyses and data handling.

Embedding of employability/PDP/Scholarship Skills
Key employability skills are embedded and assessed:
a) Group work – students work together in the laboratory practical classes;
b) problem solving skills – through group-based workshop activities and individual reports; and
c) data analysis – the laboratory report.

Research / teaching linkages
Research papers are given as preparation for the laboratory practical and students are expected to use primary research findings in preparing their reports.

Supporting equality and diversity
Materials are provided in Moodle to ensure they are available to all students.

A range of microbiological problems from different areas of the world will be presented and discussed throughout the module.

Formative Assessment:
Summative assessment will take the form of a report based on a series of lab practical classes with emphasis on critical appraisal and problem solving.

Summative Assessment:
This will be supported by a workshop-based formative assessment on experimental design and appraisal which will include feed-forward elements for both the lab classes and lab report. Additionally the students will sit a formal centrally timetabled examination which will be supported by formative group assessment activities in tutorials.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 20
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 12
Face To Face Groupwork (Scheduled) 10
Face To Face Centrally Time Tabled Examination 2
Independent Learning Guided independent study 156
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Practical Skills Assessment 50 2,3 12 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 2500
Centrally Time Tabled Examination 50 1,4,5 14/15 HOURS= 2.25, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 50
Component 2 subtotal: 50
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

The physicochemical characteristics of aquatic and terrestrial environments; factors affecting microbial survival & activity; role and importance of microorganisms; types of microorganisms; microbial study methods; microbial isolation methods; biogeochemical cycling; extreme environments; biodegradation and biotransformation mechanisms.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to
LO1: Demonstrate an understanding of the physical and chemical structure of natural environments and how this affects the types and activities of microorganisms
LO2: Understand and critically appraise methods used in environmental microbiology
LO3: Discuss the importance of microorganisms in soil and water environments
LO4: Discuss molecular approaches to the study of microbes and their interactions
LO5: Gain extensive knowledge of biodegradation and biotransformation in natural and artificial systems

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