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BIOM6001 - Microbes, Enzymes & Energy

Title:Microbes, Enzymes & Energy
Long Title:Microbes, Enzymes & Energy
Module Code:BIOM6001
Duration:1 Semester
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:Fundamental
Field of Study: Biochemistry & Cell Biology
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2017/18 ( September 2017 )
Module Delivered in 13 programme(s)
Module Coordinator: Brigid Lucey
Module Author: MARGARET LANE
Module Description: This module will introduce the student to the fundamentals of enzymology, metabolism and microbiology.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Describe the structure ,function, mode of action of enzymes and factors that affect enzyme activity.
LO2 Outline the role of oxidation-reduction and electron carriers in catabolic ATP production.
LO3 Illustrate the metabolic pathways involved in aerobic respiration and selected fermentations.
LO4 Identify the major groups of micro-organisms and describe techniques and procedures required to study micro-organisms.
LO5 Perform relevant practical based experimental protocols and complete standard laboratory reports.
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is strongly recommended before enrolment in this module. You may enrol in this module if you have not acquired the recommended learning but you will have considerable difficulty in passing (i.e. achieving the learning outcomes of) the module. While the prior learning is expressed as named MTU module(s) it also allows for learning (in another module or modules) which is equivalent to the learning specified in the named module(s).

The students are recommended (but not required) to have undertaken a biology based subject at post-primary school level.
Incompatible Modules
These are modules which have learning outcomes that are too similar to the learning outcomes of this module. You may not earn additional credit for the same learning and therefore you may not enrol in this module if you have successfully completed any modules in the incompatible list.
Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed. You may not enrol on this module if you have not acquired the learning specified in this section.

The students are required to have an appreciation of the health and safety considerations while working in a biological laboratory and possess the practical competency to complete laboratory tasks.

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Enzyme structure , function, mode of action,factors that influence enzyme activity including an introduction to inhibitors and enzyme regulation.
Introduction to catabolic metabolism. Oxidation- reduction reactions, electron carriers and their role in the production of ATP.
Pathways in aerobic respiration: Glycolysis , Krebs cycle and the electron transport chain. Pathways in selected fermentations.
Basic Microbiology
Major groups of micro-organisms / sterilisation methods / introduction to microbial techniques (aseptic technique, gram stain, culture methods) .
Laboratory practicals
Laboratory sessions designed to supplement and enhance lecture notes.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Multiple Choice Questions Theory assessment. 1,2 30.0 Week 7
Practical/Skills Evaluation Laboratory based work and written reports on thematic areas. 5 20.0 Every Second Week
Practical/Skills Evaluation Laboratory exam 5 20.0 Week 12
Short Answer Questions Theory assessment 3,4 30.0 Sem End
No End of Module Formal Examination
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 based instruction 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Lab Practical laboratory instruction 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Unassisted learning time 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
  • Robert Brooker and Eric Widmaier and Linda Graham and Peter Stiling 2016, Biology, 4th Ed., McGraw-Hill Higher Education U.S. [ISBN: 9781259188121]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Sylvia Mader and Michael Windelspecht 2015, Biology, 12th Ed., McGraw-Hill Higher Education [ISBN: 9780078024269]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
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CR_SHERB_8 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Herbal Science 2 Mandatory
CR_SNHSC_8 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Nutrition and Health Science 2 Mandatory
CR_SPHBI_8 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Pharmaceutical Biotechnology 2 Mandatory
CR_SAGBI_7 Bachelor of Science in Agri-Biosciences 2 Mandatory
CR_SBIBI_7 Bachelor of Science in Applied Biosciences and Biotechnology 2 Mandatory
CR_SFSTE_7 Bachelor of Science in Food and Health Science 2 Mandatory
CR_SCEBS_8 Common Entry Biological Sciences 2 Mandatory
CR_SBIOS_6 Higher Certificate in Science in Applied Biosciences 2 Mandatory
CR_SCHEM_6 Higher Certificate in Science in Chemistry 2 Mandatory
CR_SGMPR_6 Higher Certificate in Science in Good Manufacturing Practice and Technology 2 Mandatory
CR_SOMNI_8 Physical Sciences (Common Entry) 2 Elective
CR_SOMNI_7 Physical Sciences (Common Entry) 2 Elective

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