Module Overview

Microbial Diagnostics

The emphasis in this module is on the cultivation, isolation and identification of microorganisms. The impact of variations in growth conditions and the role of host microbe interactions is discussed. Students develop the confidence and competence in handling pathogenic microorganisms.

Module Code

BIOL 2607

ECTS Credits


*Curricular information is subject to change
  1. The growth kinetics of microbes growing in batch culture and continuous culture.
  2. The impact of physical and chemical factors that influence microbial growth.
  3. The composition, preparation and principles of selective and non-selective media for growing bacteria and fungi.
  4. Methods used for the sterilization and disinfection of media, materials and equipment.
  5. Host-microbe interactions in health and disease including the innate immune response to bacterial infection and mechanisms of bacterial pathogenicity
  6. Virulence strategies and identification profiles of selected pathogenic microbes.
  7. Reservoirs of Infection and Disease Transmission
  8. Practical programme to include:

    1. Specialised staining of bacterial structures.
    2. Isolation and identification of a selected range of pathogenic bacteria including Staphylococcus spp, Streptococcus spp, Enterococcus spp, Enterobacteriaceae and Pseudomonads using morphological, physiological and biochemical characteristics.
    3. Data presentation and interpretation of experimental results.
    4. Rapid identification methods in Microbiology (Analytical Profile Index Latex agglutination kits).​

Lectures, tutorials, problem based learning, laboratory based practicals.

Module Content & Assessment
Assessment Breakdown %
Formal Examination60
Other Assessment(s)40