Applied Microbiology (Science Option) - LABS5040

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Year 5 15 (7.5) Nadia Koloteva-Levine checkmark-circle


A synopsis of the curriculum

• Safe laboratory practice: legislation relating to Health & Safety and the handling of dangerous pathogens
• Techniques available for the measuring of microbial growth
• The control of microbial growth: disinfection, sterilisation and the basics of antibiotic use
• Microbial metabolism
• Microbiology and the environment: waste & sewage
• Microbiology and medicine: infectious diseases
• Microbiology and industrial production: pharmaceuticals & health, modern biotechnology, foods & beverages


Contact hours

Blended distance learning:
Contact Hours: 120
Private Study Hours: 30
Total Study Hours: 150

Method of assessment

Portfolio 30% - composed of 5 individual assignments where topics are applied to the workplace
Assignments 20% - 2 Assignments (10% each)
2 hr Exam 50% - MCQs (20%) and standard-length questions (30%)
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.
Goering, V. et al (2009) Mim's Medical Microbiology, 4th edition. Mosby – Elsevier.
Renneberg, R. et al (2008) Biotechnology for beginners. Academic Press.
Smith, J. E. (2004) Biotechnology, 4th edition (Studies in biology series). Cambridge University Press.
Denyer & Baird (2007) Guide to microbiological control in pharmaceuticals and medical devices. CRC Press.

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 a working knowledge of aseptic technique, containment of pathogens and use of sterile areas in industrial processes.
Demonstrate an ability to evaluate the methods available for control of microbial contamination.
Show a practical understanding and working knowledge of GLP and GMP.
Describe a range of industrial applications of microbiology.
Apply in-depth knowledge of ONE specified case to the industrial microbiology.

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

Obtain and use information from a variety of sources to develop research skills.
Demonstrate an ability to develop problem solving skills.
Synthesise and present data.
Show time-management and active learning skills together with the use of a reflective personal development plan within the context of self-directed learning.
Demonstrate an ability to broaden knowledge beyond one's own immediate experience within a field.


  1. Credit level 5. Intermediate level module usually taken in Stage 2 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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