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2019/20 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

MICR1125 Introduction to Microbiology

10 creditsClass Size: 95

Module manager: Dr John Barr
Email: j.n.barr@leeds.ac.uk

Taught: Semester 1 View Timetable

Year running 2019/20

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

Micro-organisms are constantly in the news, primarily because of their disease-causing properties, including food poisoning. However microbes also have an amazing array of positive attributes which contribute to the well-being and indeed enjoyment of humankind, particularly in the area of food production, development of antibiotics and soil fertility. Just where would we be without microbes? Find out and learn more in MICR1125.

Objectives

Emphasis is placed on the role of microbes in water pollution; pest control; food production processes, food spoilage and preservation and food poisoning.

Learning outcomes
On completion of the module students will be able to:
1. Describe the basic life cycles of bacteria and fungi;
2. Describe basic techniques used to identify and characterise bacteria and fungi;
3. Describe the roles of microbes in water pollution; pest control; food production processes, food spoilage and preservation and food poisoning.


Syllabus

- The module will introduce you to bacteria and fungal life giving details of their structure, growth and diversity.
- Several lectures are devoted to microbial techniques.
- The module will look at the positive way microbes are used in industry, including the food industry, and their potential to be food-bourne pathogens.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Lecture181.0018.00
Private study hours82.00
Total Contact hours18.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

82 hours: reading round lectures, preparation for in-course assessments and exam.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Student progress will be monitored through their performance in in-course assessments. Preparation needs to be undertaken each week and so students who fail to engage with the module will be identified early. In course assessments are spread through the latter part of the module and will identify students who are struggling academically.

Methods of assessment


Coursework
Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
In-course MCQformative0.00
In-course MCQsummative20.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)20.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated


Exams
Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)1 hr 00 mins80.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)80.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 17/04/2019

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