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BIOM7001 - Analytical Microbiology

Title:Analytical Microbiology
Long Title:Analytical Microbiology
Module Code:BIOM7001
Duration:1 Semester
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:Intermediate
Field of Study: Microbiology
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2020/21 ( September 2020 )
Module Delivered in 4 programme(s)
Module Coordinator: Brigid Lucey
Module Author: Caitriona Guinane
Module Description: This module will cover the biology of microbes, contamination and its detection, and infection control. Traditional culture methods will be studied and compared to molecular and rapid identification techniques used in industry.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Define microbiological pharmacopoeia and its use in analytical microbiology.
LO2 Apply cultural methods for the isolation and distinction of relevant microbial contamination in sterile and non sterile areas.
LO3 Describe the common industrial and public health microbial contaminants.
LO4 Analyse new and innovative rapid methods available to identify microorganisms and the use of automation to increase testing efficiency.
LO5 Perform laboratory experiments using current methods of identification and enumeration of microorganisms, and demonstrate learning and scientific writing skills through reporting.
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 CIT module(s) it also allows for learning (in another module or modules) which is equivalent to the learning specified in the named module(s).
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.
No incompatible modules listed
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.

No requirements listed

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Regulation requirements
Microbiological pharmacopoeia, environmental monitoring, quality control of media, GMP, clean rooms.
Cultural methods of identification
Conventional cultural methods for the isolation,identification and enumeration of microorganisms from a variety of environments.
Identification methods
Immunological-, chemical- and molecular-based detection for microbial identifications. The use of automation in an industrial setting.
Laboratory Practicals
Practical experiments supporting the lecture material will be conducted.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Short Answer Questions Theory assessment 1,2 35.0 Week 6
Short Answer Questions Theory Assessment 3,4 35.0 Week 12
Practical/Skills Evaluation Written laboratory reports will be required for laboratory sessions. 5 30.0 Every Second Week
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 learning 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Lab Practical laboratory sessions(Where appropriate labs may be scheduled for3/ 4hours per session and the number of sessions adjusted accordingly. 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Student independant 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
  • Denyer, Hodges, Gorman, Gilmore 2011, Hugo & Russell's Pharmaceutical Microbiology, 8th Ed., Wiley-Blackwell UK [ISBN: 978144433063]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Madigan M.T., Bender K.S., Buckley D.H., Sattley W.M., Stahl DA 2015, Brock Biology of Microorganisms, 15th Ed., Pearson [ISBN: 9780134261928]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources
  • Website: European Directorate for the Quality of Medicines & HealthCare

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CR_SCHQA_8 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Analytical Chemistry with Quality Assurance 5 Elective
CR_SPHBI_8 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Pharmaceutical Biotechnology 5 Mandatory
CR_SCHEM_7 Bachelor of Science in Analytical and Pharmaceutical Chemistry 5 Elective
CR_SBIBI_7 Bachelor of Science in Applied Biosciences and Biotechnology 5 Mandatory

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