Industrial Microbiology

An industry focused course in microbiology with particular reference to the importance of microorganisms and their application in selected industries. This programme of study examines the growth and control of industrially important microorganisms, the role of microbes in the production of food products, their application in both waste treatment and in industrial fermentation, and the role of microbes in the health sector. A laboratory course.

Course code

Qualifications are made up of courses. Some universities call these papers. Each course is numbered using six digits.



The fourth number of the course code shows the level of the course. For example, in course 219206, the fourth number is a 2, so it is a 200-level course (usually studied in the second year of full-time study).



Each course is worth a number of credits. You combine courses (credits) to meet the total number of credits needed for your qualification.



Process and Environmental Technology, Process Engineering

Course planning information

Course notes

Students must attend all the lab sessions and submit all lab reports. Students must score a minimum aggregate of 50% in lab test and lab reports. Students must score a minimum of 40% in each of the tests in order to pass the course.

Prerequisite courses

Complete first
(123101 or 123104 or 123171) and (123102 or 123105 or 123172 or 122102)

You need to complete the above course or courses before moving onto this one.


Similar content
162212, 162214

You cannot enrol in this course if you have passed (or are enrolled in) any of the course(s) above as these courses have similar content or content at a higher level.

General progression requirements

You must complete at least 45 credits from 100-level before enrolling in 200-level courses.

Learning outcomes

What you will learn. Knowledge, skills and attitudes you’ll be able to show as a result of successfully finishing this course.

  • 1 Describe broadly the various kinds of microorganisms.
  • 2 Describe the central roles of microorganisms in nature, and the importance of microorganisms in industries and in food preservation.
  • 3 Apply the microbiological knowledge to evaluate and judge the effects of other physical or chemical processes on the microbial status and the quality of products.
  • 4 Measure, quantify and describe a microbial population.
  • 5 Design, execute and analyze experiments for the studying of microorganisms from the environment or food samples.
  • 6 Discuss and explain the principles of microbial growth, metabolism and genetics.
  • 7 Discuss the potentials of biotechnology, food microbiology, environmental and industrial microbiology in the production of useful products and in the waste-treatment processes.
  • 8 Demonstrate in lab classes the use of microbes as research tools and model systems for the study of molecular interactions.
  • 9 Describe and discuss the significance of microbes and their diversity in ecological processes and geochemical transformations

Learning outcomes can change before the start of the semester you are studying the course in.


Assessment Learning outcomes assessed Weighting
Written Assignment 3 4 5 6 7 8 10%
Written Assignment 3 4 5 6 7 8 10%
Test 3 4 5 8 10%
Test 1 2 3 6 20%
Test 1 2 3 4 6 7 9 50%

Assessment weightings can change up to the start of the semester the course is delivered in.

You may need to take more assessments depending on where, how, and when you choose to take this course.

Explanation of assessment types

Computer programmes
Computer animation and screening, design, programming, models and other computer work.
Creative compositions
Animations, films, models, textiles, websites, and other compositions.
Exam College or GRS-based (not centrally scheduled)
An exam scheduled by a college or the Graduate Research School (GRS). The exam could be online, oral, field, practical skills, written exams or another format.
Exam (centrally scheduled)
An exam scheduled by Assessment Services (centrally) – you’ll usually be told when and where the exam is through the student portal.
Oral or performance or presentation
Debates, demonstrations, exhibitions, interviews, oral proposals, role play, speech and other performances or presentations.
You may be assessed on your participation in activities such as online fora, laboratories, debates, tutorials, exercises, seminars, and so on.
Creative, learning, online, narrative, photographic, written, and other portfolios.
Practical or placement
Field trips, field work, placements, seminars, workshops, voluntary work, and other activities.
Technology-based or experience-based simulations.
Laboratory, online, multi-choice, short answer, spoken, and other tests – arranged by the school.
Written assignment
Essays, group or individual projects, proposals, reports, reviews, writing exercises, and other written assignments.

Textbooks needed

Textbooks can change. We recommend you wait until at least seven weeks before the semester starts to buy your textbooks.




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