Delivery and Resources
The expectation is that you will engage with lecture material and carry out the additional readings and/or viewing of associated material which is provided with certain lectures.
Attending live lectures is highly recommended. While these lectures will be scheduled for recording this is not guaranteed and if there are technical issues with recordings the affected lecture(s) will not be re-recorded.
Lectures will include questions and discussion sessions and participation is highly encouraged.
Looking over lecture slides or recordings are NOT a suitable substitute to attending the lectures. Students tend to perform poorly if they do not engage with lectures throughout the term and this will also impact your ability to prepare for and understand material in practical and tutorial sessions.
Practicals and tutorials
Practical classes involving both practical skill-focussed activities and small group discussions/tutorials are designed to develop microbiology laboratory skills, safety practices and critical and analytical thought. Pre-practical exercises are designed to make sure you are ready for the practical work and have grasped the relevant theory and safety practices necessary.
The unit expectation is that you will spend time outside formal instruction reviewing notes taken in class, reading assigned materials (textbook sections and other referenced papers or articles) and exploring other sources of information on applied and medical microbiology. To self-assess your degree of understanding and to practice problem solving skills you are expected to attempt problems from the lectures, textbook and other resources.
Required and Recommended Texts and Materials
Practical Manual – information outlining each laboratory session will be available on iLearn for download prior to each session. Please download and complete any preparatory activities before you arrive for your session.
You will be expected to bring a copy of practical manual notes, a lab coat, closed shoes and lab notebook to each practical.
Prescribed text: Brock Biology of Microorganisms Global Edition 15th edition. Madigan, Martenko, Stahl,
Clark, Buckley. Publisher: Pearson education Inc, San Francisco. ISBN: 9781292235103
Interactive lectures and laboratory practical sessions are both integral components of the unit. A comprehensive understanding of material covered in each of these course components will greatly assist you in the final exam, which covers ALL components of the unit.