Microbiology 1


This module explores some of the fundamental aspects of Microbiology with a strong emphasis on laboratory skills associated with aseptic technique and the culture of microorganisms. The module will incorporate bacterial culture techniques, preservation, staining & observation. The module will also introduce methodologies associated with bacterial enumeration.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Successfully stain and visualise microorganisms using the compound microscope.

  2. Isolate, purify and preserve bacterial cultures.

  3. Prepare different media types and utilise same for culture of microorganisms.

  4. Enumerate bacterial cells using a viability count method.

  5. Perform aseptic technique with emphasis on liquid and solid culture inoculations.

  6. Describe different methods that are used to control the growth of microorganisms.

  7. Discuss the importance of metabolism in the generation of energy and synthesis of important compounds in bacterial cells.

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