Short Title: General Microbiology
Full Title: General Microbiology
Language of Instruction:English
Module Code:MICR H2004
Credits: 5
Field of Study:Biology and biochemistry
Module Delivered in 5 programme(s)
Reviewed By:JOHN BEHAN
Module Author:SYLVIA HEALY
Module Description:This module aims to provide the student with a knowledge of the nature, structure and function of microorganisms, including bacteria, fungi, protozoans and viruses. In addition, students will be introduced to cultural techniques, microscopy, taxonomy, nomenclature, biosafety, aseptic techniques as well as forensic and environmental microbiology.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Discuss the nature, structure, function and uses of different types of microorganisms, including bacteria, fungi, protozoans and viruses.
LO2 Discuss how to grow, isolate and enumerate microorganisms using laboratory culture media and other microbiological techniques.
LO3 Discuss the nutritional needs of microorganisms and their metabolism.
LO4 Outline methods that can be used to control microorganisms.
LO5 Discuss how to handle and dispose of microorganisms safely and to identify the biohazard status of microorganisms.
LO6 Outline the principles of microbial nomenclature and taxonomy: how organisms are named and classified.
LO7 Outline the principles of microscopic techniques used to study microorganisms and small objects, such as light microscopy and scanning electron microscopy.
LO8 Outline how microorganisms can be used in forensic science to detect and solve crimes.
LO9 Outline applications of microorganisms in the environment such as in bioremediation and waste water treatment.

Module Content & Assessment

Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Continuous Assessment There will be at least two examinations throughout the semester (either in-class exams, essay assignments, projects or other work deemed appropriate by the lecturer). 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9 30.00 Ongoing
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam End-of-Semester Final Examination 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9 70.00 End-of-Semester

TU Dublin – Tallaght Campus 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 There will be 3 lectures per week in this module 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Independent Learning Students are expected to read material and study for exams in addition to time spent in lectures 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 6.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00
This module has no Part Time workload.

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • Michael T. Madigan,Kelly S. Bender,Daniel H. Buckley,W. Matthew Sattley,David A. Stahl 2018, Brock Biology of Microorganisms, Global Edition, 15th ed Ed., Pearson Higher Education [ISBN: 9781292235103]
  • Willey,Sherwood,Woolverton 2017, Prescott's Microbiology, 10th ed Ed., McGraw Hill Education [ISBN: 9789813151260]
  • Black, J. and Black, L. 2015, Microbiology: Principles and Explorations, 9th Editon Ed., John Wiley & Sons [ISBN: 9781118743164]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
This module does not have any other resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
TA_SABIO_B Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Bioanalytical Science 3 Mandatory
TA_SADNF_B Bachelor of Science Hons in DNA and Forensic Analysis 3 Mandatory
TA_SASCI_D Bachelor of Science in Bioanalysis or Chemical Analysis 3 Group Elective 1
TA_SADNF_D Bachelor of Science in DNA and Forensic Analysis 3 Mandatory
TA_SBIOL_C Higher Certificate in Science in Applied Biology 3 Mandatory