Introduction to the theory and practice of microbiology. The module will begin with general aspects of microbiology with emphasis on the structure, physiology and genetics of micro-organisms. As the subject is developed, medically important pathogenic bacteria and their role in human disease will be introduced and explored. The student will be introduced to aseptic technique for the safe handling of micro-organisms under controlled conditions within the laboratory.p>
Describe the structure, physiology and replication of microorganisms.
Identify the interactions of host cell and microorganisms in normal and disease states.
Illustrate the cultural and biochemical characteristics of a selected range of bacteria and explain their role in human infection.
Show competence in the use of the light microscope, staining procedures, the aseptic technique, media preparation, and the handling and cultivation of bacterial isolates.
Apply knowledge of isolation and identification procedures to a selected range of pathogenic and non pathogenic bacteria.
Recognize and apply safe practice for the handling and disposal of bacterial cultures and clinical waste materials in the laboratory.