In this unit, students will be introduced to the theory and practical applications of bacteria, protozoans, fungi and viruses within the environmental, clinical and industrial setting. Topics include: microbial cell morphology and the structure and function of cell components; growth, reproduction and enumeration of micro-organisms; control of microbial growth: the effect of physical and chemical environments on growth; and microbial metabolism and genetics. Students will gain practical skills in the isolation, culture and identification of a range of microbiological species.   

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On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Compare and contrast the characteristics of virus, bacteria, fungi and protozoa and understand how each group impacts on the community;  
  2. Demonstrate competency in aseptic technique and methods for isolation, enumeration and identification of key micro-organisms;  
  3. Appraise and synthesise relevant scientific literature; and  
  4. Investigate the principles of biosafety and bioethics within the context of microbiology practice.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Assignment Written Assignment (1000 words) 20%
Laboratory Work Written Laboratory Reports x 4 (500 words each) 25%
Examination Written Examination (3 hours) 55%

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