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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title Microbiology and Genetics
Module Code BE202
School School of Biotechnology
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Linda Holland
Semester 2: Linda Holland
Autumn: Linda Holland
Module TeachersPaul Cahill
Paula Meleady
Denise Harold
Linda Holland
Konstantinos Gkrintzalis
Achilleas Floudas
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

This module aims to impart an appreciation of the diversity, structure and relevance of microbes and the relationships between the field of microbiology and other biological disciplines. It will promote an understanding of the structures of nucleic acids and the biological processes associated with these molecules. It also provides a theoretical background for experimental design and critical thinking in microbiology and microbial genetics.

Learning Outcomes

1. discuss the fundamentals of microbial classification, structure, nutrition, growth and genetics
2. explain the importance of microbes in medicine -epidemiology, anti-microbial agents and mechanisms of pathogenicity
3. describe the classification of viruses, their structures and modes of replication
4. describe the structures of eukaryotic and prokaryotic genes and the processes of transcription and translation
5. perform calculations and data analysis relevant to experimental design and setup in microbiology and genetics

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture24Blend of recorded and live synchronous lectures
Directed learning10Reference to support materials
Independent Study91No Description
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Classification and identification of microorganisms

Microbial structure

Microbial growth and nutrition

Microbial metabolism


Fungi and yeasts

Medical microbiology and antimicrobial agents

Detailed structure of nucleic acids

Replication of DNA

The genetic code and information flow within the cell

Transcription and translation

Biochemical calculations and experimental design for microbiologists

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment20% Examination Weight80%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Loop QuizFormative quizzes; designed to promote critical thinking and observation skills in experimental microbiology; eg. dataset analysis/view recorded material followed by Loop MCQ/short question tests.0%n/a
Loop QuizLoop-based short question quiz -reagent preparation and experimental design.10%n/a
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • Brock T: 0, Brock Biology of Microorganisms, 15th edition or later, Pearson,
Other Resources

Programme or List of Programmes
AFUAge Friendly University Programme
ASBSc in Analytical Science
BPBSc in Bioprocessing
BSSAStudy Abroad (DCU Business School)
BSSAOStudy Abroad (DCU Business School)
BTBSc in Biotechnology
ESTBSc in Environmental Science & Tech
GCBBSc in Genetics & Cell Biology
HMSAStudy Abroad (Humanities & Soc Science)
HMSAOStudy Abroad (Humanities & Soc Science)
IESAStudy Abroad (Institute of Education)
IESAOStudy Abroad (Institute of Education)
PEBB.Sc Physical Education with Biology
SHSAStudy Abroad (Science & Health)
SHSAOStudy Abroad (Science & Health)
SMPSCSingle Module Prof. Science and Health
Date of Last Revision31-OCT-07

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