Full Title:Microbiology 2
Module Code:BIOL S8Z04
Credits: 7.5
Valid From:Semester 2 - 2018/19 ( February 2019 )
Module Delivered in 5 programme(s)
Module Description:Students successfully completing this module should have an understanding of beneficial and harmful microbe human interactions and the methods we employ to combat pathogens and control microorganisms. Students will apply international standard methods to isolate, enumerate and identify target microorganisms from different sources with due regard to health and safety.
Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to
  1. Discuss microbes as agents of infection, their virulence, pathogenesis, interactions with the host and transmission.
  2. Describe commonly encountered pathogens their sources and reservoirs, modes of transmission, associated diseases and laboratory techniques to isolate, identify and enumerate them.
  3. Summarise the major categories of microbial control and its purposes.
  4. Evaluate chemotherapeutics as microbial infection control agents.
  5. Use microbiology and molecular procedures to study the growth and control of pathogens.

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Topic 1: Microbe-Human Interactions
Human microbiota, factors in the development of a disease, sources and transmission of microbes, epidemiology and disease populations.
Topic 2: Commensals and Pathogens
A number of microorganisms will be selected and profiled. Students will learn where to source information pertaining to reservoirs and sources/transmission/pathogenesis/ associated disease/ treatment/incidences/control/ laboratory isolation and detection/beneficial uses/legislation.
Topic 3: Microbial Growth Control
Physical, mechanical and chemical methods of microbial control. Applications of microbial control.
Topic 4: Antimicrobials: Chemotherapeutic Agents
Principles of antimicrobial therapy, mechanisms of action and major antimicrobial drug groups; acquisition of drug resistance, interactions between drugs and host, selecting and testing antimicrobial drugs, standardisation of antimicrobial techniques, establishing MIC and MBC values.
Topic 5: Molecular Methods in Microbiology
Introduction to PCR as a diagnostic technique used in Microbiology.
1. A series of microbes and the human body labs e.g. Pathogens of the gastrointestinal tract, focus E.coli 2. Introduction to epidemiology incorporating fomite and direct transmission of microbes and airborne transmission. 3. Investigation of microbial growth control methods including heat, cold temperatures and filtration 4. Evaluation of the efficacy of chemicals and natural products used to control growth via disc diffusion tests. 5. Selection and profiling chemotherapeutics agents for specific pathogens. 6. Establishing chemotherapeutic minimum inhibitory and minimum bactericidal concentrations. 7. Identification of microorganisms using molecular techniques.
Teaching and Learning Strategy
Lectures: Blended and flexible learning will be used throughout. This will take the form of face to face interactive lecture sessions complemented by online resources (webcasts, podcasts, screencasts, video links etc) and online interactive activities (learn smart study assignments). Group and peer learning will be facilitated in class through the use of various classroom assessment techniques which will promote deep learning and enable feedback. Students will be directed to relevant sections of appropriate text to reinforce material covered in lectures.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work25.00%
End of Module Formal Examination50.00%

Full Time

Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Continuous Assessment Students will complete formative weekly assessments on line via assigned e-reading and subsequent interactive quizzes consisting of a series of multiple choice, true and false, fill in the blank, short answer questions, diagram matching and labelling. 1,2,3,4 10.00 0 0 Week 7 0
Continuous Assessment Students will complete two online interactive exams which will be prepared for by completing the formative weekly assessments. 1,2,4 15.00 0 0 Week 11 0
No Project
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Practical/Skills Evaluation Students will complete result report sheets that are specifically designed to develop observation skills and to promote accurate data recording and subsequent interpretation. 2,3,4,5 10.00 0 0 n/a 0
Practical/Skills Evaluation Students will complete a bell ringer laboratory exam to allow for accurate skills assessment. 2,4,5 15.00 0 0 Sem 2 End 0
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Formal Exam End-of-Semester Final Examination 1,2,3,4 50.00 0 0 End-of-Semester 0

DKIT reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload & Resources

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture No Description 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Practical No Description 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Directed Reading No Description 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Independent Study No Description 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 11.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 6.00
This course has no Part Time workload.
Recommended Book Resources
  • Talaro, K.P. 2018, Foundations in Micobiology: Basic Principles, 10th Ed., McGraw-Hill [ISBN: 978-0071316736]
  • Sherlock Orla 2019, Pathogenesis Laboratory Manual, DkIT
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Tortora, Funke, Case. 2016, Microbiology, an Introduction, 12th Ed., Pearson [ISBN: 9780321929150]
  • Bauman 2017, Microbiology with Diseases by Taxonomy, 5th Ed., Pearson [ISBN: 9780134140780]
  • Madigan, M T.Martinko, Dunlap, Clark. 2018, Brock Biology of Microorganisms, 15th Ed., Pearson [ISBN: 9780132324601]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
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