Module Identifier BS00810  
Academic Year 2006/2007  
Co-ordinator Dr Hazel M Davey  
Semester Semester 2  
Other staff Dr Gareth W Griffith, Dr Alexandre M Anesio  
Course delivery Lecture   10 x 1h lectures  
  Practical   3 x 3h practicals  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Exam2 Hours  60%
Semester Assessment Practicals  40%
Supplementary Assessment2 Hours theory paper  100%

Learning outcomes

On completion of the module, students should be able to:


The module aims to provide the basic knowledge of microbiology that is considered necessary within the general framework of biology for students at this level to enable them to progress to level 1 modules.


A general introduction to micro-organisms and their importance to man and the environment will be given. It will include examples of pathogens and economically important organisms.
The course will include a study of the general characteristics and classification of micro-organisms including viruses, bacteria, fungi and protozoa. There will be a consideration of the importance of microbes to man and the environment. Examples of pathogenic representatives of each group will be given. The beneficial properties of micro-organisms such as saprophytic roles in decay, the nitrogen cycle and the production of various foods, beverages and pharmaceutical products will be covered. Aspects of microbial physiology will be dealt with and the importance of culture requirements in relation to growth will be considered with application to food preservation and industrial microbial production. The application and potential of microbes in biotechnology with be briefly surveyed.

Reading Lists

** General Text
Purves et al (2004) Life :the science of biology /[edited by] William K. Purves ... [et al]. 140393567X


This module is at CQFW Level 3