Microbiology 1

Module code: BS2010

Module co-ordinator: Professor Peter Andrew

In this module you will learn fundamental theoretical aspects of bacteriology, including culture techniques, energetics, grouping of bacteria, infectious diseases and industrial uses of bacteria. You will also gain practical experience in the techniques for aseptic handling of bacteria. We will consider bacteria as complete entities rather than as sources of biological material. 

A week-long field course forms part of this module and Microbiology 2.

Topics covered

  • Techniques for the study of bacteria
  • Growth and energetics of bacteria
  • Practical aspects of bacterial genetics
  • Morphology and structure of bacteria
  • Characteristics of selected groups of bacteria
  • Introduction to industrial bacteriology
  • Bacterial infectious diseases


  • 30 one-hour lectures
  • 26 hours of practicals
  • 6 one-hour tutorials


  • Exam, 3 hours (70%)
  • 3 practical reports (25%)
  • Use of Peerwise MCQ system (5%)