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BIOM6009 - Microbes & Control Principles

Title:Microbes & Control Principles
Long Title:Microbes & Control Principles
Module Code:BIOM6009
Duration:1 Semester
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:Fundamental
Field of Study: Microbiology
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2016/17 ( September 2016 )
Module Delivered in 3 programme(s)
Module Coordinator: Brigid Lucey
Module Author: LESLIE COTTER
Module Description: This module comprises aspects of microbiology pertinent to the biomedical engineer. Microbial relationships with human hosts will be described including significant infectious diseases. The principles and methods of microbial control will be studiedwith particular reference to medical device manufacture.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Describe the intrinsic and extrinsic factors affecting the growth of microorganisms on medical devices.
LO2 Explain and discuss host microbe interactions.
LO3 Discuss common microorganisms associated with infectious diseases.
LO4 Define the terms used in microbial control and discuss the principal methods of physical and chemical control of microorganisms.
LO5 Perform and report the findings of appropriate microbiology practicals.
Pre-requisite learning
Incompatible Modules
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Co-requisite Modules
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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Intrinsic and extrinsic factors affecting growth
Temperature, pH, oxygen, nutrients, mositure and surface composition.
Human microbe interactions
Host-parasite relationships. Virulence and pathogenesis. Establishing infections. Resevoirs of infection. Antibiotic resistance.
Infectious diseases
Gram positive and gram negative pathogens. Urinary tract infections. Septicaemia. Meningitis. Bone infections. Hospital acquired infections.
Industrial Microbial control
Definitions. Physical and Chemical control strategies. LAL testing Bioburden analysis. Environmental monitoring. Regulatory standards for medical devices.
Laboratory practicals
Practicals as appropriate to support lecture content including practicals on infectious diease investigation and microbial control.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work40.00%
End of Module Formal Examination60.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Multiple Choice Questions Assessment of lecture material to date 1,2,3 20.0 Week 7
Written Report Laboratory reports 5 20.0 Every Week
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 60.0 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.

The institute 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 Class room based learning 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Lab Practical laboratory sessions 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) INdependent learning time for this module 3.0 Every Week 3.00
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 4.00
This module has no Part Time workload.

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • Garner David 2013, Microbiology nuts and bolts: Key concepts of microbiology and infection, CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform [ISBN: 978-1484123911]
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
CR_EBIOM_8 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Biomedical Engineering 4 Mandatory
CR_EBIME_7 Bachelor of Engineering in Biomedical Engineering 4 Mandatory
CR_EBIME_6 Higher Certificate in Engineering in Biomedical Engineering 4 Mandatory

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