|Semester 1 Credit Value:||10|
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.
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
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.
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 Applicable:||Yes|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||1:00||1:00||Exam|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||16||0:30||8:00||Revision for examination|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||10:00||10:00||Lab report|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||17||1:00||17:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Directed research and reading||1||16:00||16:00||Completion of post-lecture directed reading and other activities|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Practical||3||3:00||9:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||6||1:00||6:00||Routine practical follow-up to identify areas requiring further, more detailed study.|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||1||21:00||21:00||Student-selected study of lectures, ReCap, blackboard, websites, etc. to enhance understanding|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||16||0:45||12:00||Routine lecture follow-up to identify areas requiring further, more detailed study|
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. The lab 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.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Practical/lab report||1||M||30||Lab report (Koch's Postulates Report) 4 pages max|
|Lab exercise||1||M||Lab worksheets|
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.
Disclaimer: The information contained within the Module Catalogue relates to the 2017/18 academic year. In accordance with University Terms and Conditions, the University makes all reasonable efforts to deliver the modules as described. Modules may be amended on an annual basis to take account of changing staff expertise, developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback. Module information for the 2017/18 entry will be published here in early-April 2017. Queries about information in the Module Catalogue should in the first instance be addressed to your School Office.