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BS940 - Microbial Contamination of Processes & Products

  • Module code: BS940
  • Module name: Microbial Contamination of Processes & Products
  • Department: School of Life Sciences
  • Credit: 10

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

The module addresses the importance, and the problems associated with, microbial contamination of both industrial processes and final product. The primary aims are an in-depth understanding of: process and product compromise by microbial activity; the means of assessing microbial load, particularly in real-time; the use of antimicrobial agents and the associated problems – molecular through to environmental; the European and American legislation governing preservative/biocide use in industrial processes and commercial products.

Principal learning outcomes

(a) Subject knowledge and understanding: An in-depth knowledge and understanding of the problems associated with microbial contamination of industrial processes and final products; Understanding of the types of antimicrobial agents available for use in industrial processes and final products – their mode of action and factors affecting their efficacy; Recognise the underlying principles associated assessment of microbial load and industrial process housekeeping; Working knowledge of antimicrobial legislation, safety and environmental issues; Demonstrate an understanding of the practical, legislative and ethical issues in using antimicrobial agents. (b) Key Skills: Students will have an in-depth knowledge of the mode of action and use of antimicrobial agents. They will be able to select, optimise and implement a strategy for biocide use in a range of industrial applications; Students will also acquire knowledge of the legislative, safety, environmental and ethical issues of biocide use in products and processes. (c) Cognitive skills: The key challenge for this module is for students to be able to select, optimise and safely implement the use of antimicrobial agents. (d) Subject specific skills: Integration and interpretation of theoretical and practical skills in relation to optimisation of biocide usage.

Timetabled teaching activities

Lectures per week 10 x 1 hour; Workshop per week 4 hours; Tutorials per week 4 hour; Seminar sessions 2 hour.

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Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
10 CATS (Module code: BS940-10)
A1 (Assessed work only) Assessed Course Work 40%
Assessed Course Work 60%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:



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