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Archived Version 2018 - 2019

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NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

This module aims to develop the student's expertise and understanding of basic microbiological and genetic techniques. It will develop their ability to answer scientific questions through laboratory experimentation, to critically evaluate their results and to write scientific laboratory reports.

Learning Outcomes

1. Comprehend the importance of standards/controls in biological analysis.
2. Isolate and enumerate bacteria.
3. Identify microbes using microscopic and biochemical tests.
4. Determine, interpret and discuss the growth kinetics of microbes growing in batch culture.
5. Determine, interpret and discuss the effects of antibiotics on bacteria.
6. Demonstrate, interpret and discuss the conjugative transfer of a bacterial plasmid.
7. Generate and titre a stock of bacteriophage.
8. Act in accordance with safe laboratory practice in terms of conduct, attire, risk minimisation and appropriate waste disposal.
9. Generate concise, objective, properly structured scientific reports.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Laboratory27Attendance and conduct of laboratory experiments
Independent Study71Pre-laboratory preparation, analysis of data and consultation of literature
Directed learning27Assignment and laboratory report preparation
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

Microscopic analysis/staining of bacteria

Purification of bacterial cultures

Identification of bacteria using selective/differential media and biochemical tests

Identification of an unknown bacterium

Microbial growth (batch culture)

Antibiotic activity

Plating and titering of bacteriophage

Bacterial conjugation

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment% Examination Weight%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Reassessment Requirement
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
Indicative Reading List

    Other Resources

    14844, Laboratory Manual, Dermot Walls, 0, Microbiology and Genetics Laboratory Manual,
    Programme or List of Programmes