Short Title:Principles of Biology for Engineers
Full Title:Principles of Biology for Engineers
Module Code:PBIO H2000
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:6
Field of Study:Pharmacy
Module Delivered in no programmes
Reviewed By:JOHN BEHAN
Module Author:JOHN BEHAN
Module Description:This module aims to provide the student with: A knowledge of the structure of mammalian and microbial cells and the biomolecules they are made from. The basics principles of microbiology, including organisms, growth and their importance to industry.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Compare and contrast the basic structures of mammalian and microbial cells, identifying key components and their functions.
LO2 Identify major biomolecules and their functions and describe simple colorimetric tests for the identification and quantification of biologically important molecules
LO3 Explain the basis for disnfection and sterilisation processes and how these are used in bio/pharmaceutical manufacturing
LO4 Perform and report results of simple laboratory techiques relating to aseptic technique, microbial isolation and identification, and simple microscopy
LO5 Explain how our knowledge of the cell and its operations is exploited in biotechnology
Pre-requisite learning
Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed

Module Content & Assessment

Content (The percentage workload breakdown is inidcative and subject to change) %
The world of the cell
Prokaryotic and eukaryotic cell types - compare and contrast. Cell organelles and their functions. Basic microscopy. Biological molecules and their functions. Microbes - viruses, bacteria, and fungi. Common biological terms will be explained.
The microbial world – the good the bad and the ugly!
Microbiology for manufacturing operators – introduction to bacteria, fungi, yeast, and viruses. Microbial isolation, growth and identification. Examination of sources of microbes and biological contaminants in the environment. Personnel as sources of biological contamination. Measurement and control of microbial and biological contamination.
Microbial Methods
Assessing the type, amount and distribution of micro-organisms in working environments. Use of plate count metohds to enumerate microorganisms. Colorimetric methods for the detection of biomolecules.
Principles of Biological Control and Sterilisation
Overview of methods to reduce and or eliminate micro-organisms from environments, ingredients and products. Review of physical and chemical methods of microbial control and sterilisation methods.
Microorganisms in Industry
Fermentation, Biotechnology, Useful Microorganisms,
Preparation of Microbial Media and Aseptic Techniques. Use of Microscopes and examination of simple cells.Gram staining. Most Probable Number Technique, Plate Count, Plate Pouring. Use contact plates on areas of the work environment and on hands after washing to detect microbiological contamination. Examine the effects of cleaning with different cleaning agents on the microbiological levels in the working environment or as prescribed by the company.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work50.00%
End of Module Formal Examination50.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Continuous Assessment Cummulative assessment of student understanding of key topics covered in lectures through some combination of essay/report, multiple choice test, sample examination question. 1,2,3,5 25.00 Week 5
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam End-of-Semester Final Examination 1,2,3,4,5 50.00 End-of-Semester
Reassessment Requirement
Repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat examination. It is possible that there will also be a requirement to be reassessed in a coursework element.

IT Tallaght reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Classwork 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Laboratories Practical Laboratory Work 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Assignment Work related to module content 1.50 Twice per semester 0.20
Independent Learning Outside of Class 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 9.20
Total Weekly Contact Hours 6.00
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture No Description 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Laboratories 3 laboratory classes over the semester 12.00 Every Month 3.00
Assignment Completion of an essay / MCQ etc. 6.00 Every Month 1.50
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.50
Total Weekly Contact Hours 6.00

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • Sylvia S. Mader. Mader, Sylvia S. 2010, Biology, McGraw Hill New York
  • Robert A. Pollack et al. 2005, Laboratory exercises in microbiology, Wiley Hoboken, N.J.
  • Stewart Hogg 2005, Essential Microbiology, 1st ed Ed.
  • D. K. Wall 1999, Industrial hygiene made easy, Moran Associates Press [ISBN: 1-880966-51-7]
  • Appropriate Company Standard Operating Procedures (SOP’s) dealing with cleaning and decontamination
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