Module Overview

Introductory Microbiology

This module gives an introduction to the nature of the microbial world (focusing on bacteria, fungi and viruses). The advantages, disadvantages and applications of the various organisms are discussed. The factors affecting microbial growth and how these can be used to control them are evaluated. Disinfection and sterilisation methods are evaluated. The role of microorganisms in disease is also introduced. The course also includes an introduction to immunology and environmental microbiology.


A lot of emphasis is placed on laboratory practicals. 


Module Code

TFMB 1001

ECTS Credits


*Curricular information is subject to change

Introduction to the microbial world. Eukaryotic and prokaryotic cell structure. Morphology and reproduction of bacteria, fungi and viruses. Effect of environmental and nutritional factors on microbial growth. Introduction to the control of microbial growth: sterilisation and disinfection. Microbial diseases: reservoirs of infection. Microbial diseases: modes of transmission. Introduction to food intoxication and food infection microorganisms. Immune response: non-specific and specific defence mechanisms. Introduction to the microbiology of water, air and surfaces. Hygiene, monitoring, Indicator organisms.

Laboratory practicals to include aseptic techniques, microscopy, evaluation of growth media, assessment of factors that affect microbial growth.

Lectures, laboratory practicals, demonstrations.

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