Short Title: Pharmaceutical Microbiology
Full Title: Pharmaceutical Microbiology
Language of Instruction:English
Module Code:MICR H2005
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 knowledge of topics within the field of microbiology that are relevant to the pharmaceutical industry.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Discuss the sources and types of contaminants in pharmaceutical products and manufacturing environments.
LO2 Discuss how microbial contamination and product spoilage can be monitored and controlled.
LO3 Describe common methods used to isolate and enumerate microorganisms in samples.
LO4 Discuss how to identify bacteria commonly isolated from pharmaceutical products and manufacturing environments.
LO5 Discuss the principles and commonly used methods of sterilisation and disinfection used in the pharmaceutical industry.
LO6 Discuss the principles of cleanroom technology used to prevent contamination of pharmaceutical products.
LO7 Outline the role of the Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA) and know where to source relevant standards.
LO8 Discuss the grades of water used in the pharmaceutical industry and outline how pharmaceutical water treatment systems work.

Module Content & Assessment

Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Continuous Assessment There will be at least two written assessments during the semester. (Each worth 15%) 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8 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 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 Time Students will be expected to read material and study for exams in their own time in addition to lecture time 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
  • Stephen P. Denyer,Norman A. Hodges,Sean P. Gorman,Brendan F. Gilmore 2011, Hugo and Russell's Pharmaceutical Microbiology, 8th Ed., Wiley-Blackwell [ISBN: 9781444330632]
  • W. Whyte 2010, Cleanroom technology, John Wiley & Sons Chichester, West Sussex, U.K. [ISBN: 978-0470748060]
  • Willey,Sherwood,Woolverton 2017, Prescott's Microbiology, 10th Ed Ed. [ISBN: 9789813151260]
  • Geoff Hanlon,Norman A. Hodges 2013, Essential Microbiology for Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Science, 1st Ed Ed., John Wiley & Sons [ISBN: 9780470665343]
  • Saghee, Sandle and Tidswell 2011, Microbiology ans sterility assurance in pharmaceuticals and medical devices. [ISBN: 9788190646741]
  • Tim Sandle 2015, Pharmaceutical Microbiology - Essentials for quality assurance, 1st Ed., Woodhead Publishing Limited [ISBN: 9780081000229]
  • Tim Sandle 2013, Sterility, Sterilisation and Sterility Assurance for Pharmaceuticals, 1st Ed., Woodhead Pub Limited [ISBN: 9781907568381]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
TA_SABIO_B Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Bioanalytical Science 4 Mandatory
TA_SPHAR_B Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Pharmaceutical Science 4 Mandatory
TA_SASCI_D Bachelor of Science in Bioanalysis or Chemical Analysis 4 Group Elective 1
TA_SAPHR_D Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Science 4 Mandatory
TA_SBIOL_C Higher Certificate in Science in Applied Biology 4 Mandatory