Module Catalogue 2018/19

BIO1004 : Microbiology 1

  • Offered for Year: 2018/19
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Alison Graham
  • Lecturer: Dr Fiona Cuskin, Dr Jon Marles-Wright
  • Owning School: Natural and Environmental Sciences
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0
Pre Requisites
Pre Requisite Comment


Co Requisites
Co Requisite Comment



This module aims to provide an introduction to, and stimulate an interest in, microbiology by demonstrating the role and importance of micro-organisms in the natural world. The diversity of form and function in microbes will be introduced as well as their ecological, physiological and biochemical properties. The roles of microbes in nature and their importance to man will also be introduced. Laboratory based practical classes will enable microbial form and diversity to be studied through direct observations, demonstrate the role of microbes in disease and provide experience of methods to isolate, grow and count microbes.

Outline Of Syllabus

Lectures and practicals will cover the following topics:

• Diversity in form and function of microbes
• Fundamental microbiological principles
• The roles played by microbes in the natural world
• The ways in which microorganisms interact with other organisms
• Carry out simple microbiological experiments and to record results effectively
• Analyse and interpret data and observations made in the laboratory
• Handle microbes appropriately in the laboratory

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

On successful completion of the module the student should have gained an understanding of the diversity in both form and function of microbes and acquired knowledge of the role played by microbes in the natural world and ways in which they can be exploited by man.

Intended Skill Outcomes

On successful completion of the module the student should have:
* Gained skills associated with the safe handling, growing and observation of microorganisms
* Further developed their independent learning skills
* Enhanced their ability to observe and record experimental results and to analyse and interpret the data obtained

Graduate Skills Framework

Graduate Skills Framework Applicable: Yes
  • Cognitive/Intellectual Skills
    • Critical Thinking : Present
    • Data Synthesis : Assessed
    • Active Learning : Present
    • Numeracy : Assessed
    • Literacy : Assessed
    • Information Literacy
      • Source Materials : Present
      • Synthesise And Present Materials : Assessed
      • Use Of Computer Applications : Present
  • Self Management
    • Planning and Organisation
      • Goal Setting And Action Planning : Present
    • Personal Enterprise
      • Initiative : Present
      • Independence : Present
      • Problem Solving : Present
      • Adaptability : Present
  • Interaction
    • Communication
      • Interpersonal : Present
      • Written Other : Assessed
    • Team Working
      • Collaboration : Present
      • Relationship Building : Present
      • Negotiation : Present

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion11:001:00Exam
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion160:308:00Revision for examination
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion110:0010:00Lab report
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture191:0019:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading116:0016:00Completion of post-lecture directed reading and other activities
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical33:009:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study61:006:00Routine practical follow-up to identify areas requiring further, more detailed study.
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study119:0019:00Student-selected study of lectures, ReCap, blackboard, websites, etc. to enhance understanding
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study160:4512:00Routine lecture follow-up to identify areas requiring further, more detailed study
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures will provide the framework and theory for introducing the diversity of form and function in microbes. Ecological, physiological and biochemical properties of microbes and their roles in nature and importance to man will be discussed. Practicals will enhance and add to the lectures by analysis of microbial form and diversity, study of disease caused by microbes and practical use of methods to isolate, grow and count microbes. Formative worksheets are completed within the practical classes and feed into the laboratory report. The laboratory report will give students a chance to write a concise piece of work that reflects on the knowledge gained and techniques used in the practical classes. Directed reading and links to further information will encourage individual learning and will contribute to greater understanding of the topics within the module.

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
PC Examination601A70N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Practical/lab report1M30Lab report (Koch's Postulates Report) 4 pages max
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Lab exercise1MLab worksheets
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The exam will assess factual knowledge gained from the lectures, practical classes and directed independent study.

The lab report will give the students the chance to write a concise piece of work that reflects on the practical work.

The formative assessment elements are designed to encourage students to engage with practical classes.

To ensure that students have achieved a sufficient level of knowledge and skills, students are required to attain at least 30% in the exam in order to pass the module. For students failing to attain at least 30% in the exam, the module mark will be the exam mark without the inclusion of the in-course assessment marks.

Study Abroad students may request to take their exam before the semester 1 exam period, in which case the format of the paper may differ from that shown in the MOF. Study Abroad students should contact the school to discuss this.


Past Exam Papers

General Notes


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