Microbiology - LABS4030

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Year 4 15 (7.5) Nadia Koloteva-Levine checkmark-circle


A synopsis of the curriculum

• Microbial diversity and classification
• Safe handling of microbes
• Structure and function of micro-organisms
• Collection and storage of working culture collections
• Observing microbes: microscopy and culture
• Isolation and identification of micro-organisms
• Microbial growth dynamics


Contact hours

Blended distance learning:
Contact hours: 120 hours
Private Study Time: 30 hours
Total Learning Time: 150 hours

Method of assessment

Portfolio, two coursework assignments and exam
2 Essay Assignments 40% (20% each)
Portfolio 30% - composed of 5 individual assignments where topics are applied to the workplace
Exam 30% - MCQs

The pass mark for each individual assessment is 40%. All assessments must be passed in order to pass the module

Indicative reading

Hugo & Russell (2011) Pharmaceutical Microbiology, 8th edition. Wiley-Blackwell.
Rosenberg, E. (2013) The Prokaryotes Applied Bacteriology and Biotechnology. Springer.
Madigan, M. et al. (2009) Brock Biology of microorganisms. Pearson International.
Baker, S. (2011) Microbiology. Garland Science.

See the library reading list for this module (Medway)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
Demonstrate the ability to describe the diversity and classification of micro-organisms.
Demonstrate an understanding and appreciation of the role of Health & Safety and Risk Assessment in the working microbiological environment.
Demonstrate knowledge of the underlying concepts and principles associated with microbial structure and function.
Make appropriate use of basic microbiological techniques.
Demonstrate the ability to isolate and identify bacteria (to species level) using appropriate culture and diagnostic techniques.

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
Demonstrate the development of practical/technical skills.
Analyse, evaluate and correctly interpret data.
Communicate and present data effectively.
Obtain and use information from a variety of sources as part of self-directed learning.
Manage their time and use their organisation skills within the context of self-directed learning.


  1. Credit level 4. Certificate level module usually taken in the first stage of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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