This module predominantly focuses on applications associated with microorganisms. The module provides an overview of commercial products manufactured using microorganisms. Environmental applications of microorganisms will also be studied, and fungal and viral culturing/enumeration methods will be performed as part of laboratory practical sessions. Microbial genetic transfer systems will also be investigated.
Perform membrane filtration on a water sample to test for the presence of an indicator microorganism.
Discuss the importance of bacterial taxonomy and the multiple methods used for identification and description of new species.
Generate a growth curve using a bacterial batch culture to assess the different stages of bacterial growth.
Discuss industrial applications associated with the use of microorganisms.
Determine viral titres using bacteriophage and appropriate host cells.
Successfully culture moulds using appropriate media types and visualise using a stereoscopic microscope.
Describe the different methods of genetic transfer used by bacterial cells.