- Module code: BS940
- Module name: Microbial Contamination of Processes & Products
- Department: School of Life Sciences
- Credit: 10
Module content and teaching
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.
|Assessment group||Assessment name||Percentage|
|10 CATS (Module code: BS940-10)|
|A1 (Assessed work only)||Assessed Course Work||40%|
|Assessed Course Work||60%|
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