MICR20010 Agricultural Microbiology

Academic Year 2021/2022

In this course you will be introduced to microbiological concepts relevant to agricultural, environmental and food applications. Examples will relate microbiological theory to the production & spoilage of foods & fodders, water quality, microbiological regulation of nutrient cycles, animal and plant health, and biotechnology. You will be introduced to common microorganisms and will consider growth, classification, genetics, survival and control by sterilization, disinfection, immunization and antibiotics. As part of the theoretical and practical aspects of the course you will gain experience with microbiological laboratory methodologies such as microscopy, sterile technique & the isolation and identification of pure cultures.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module students should be able to:Explain why microbiology is relevant for agricultural, environmental and food applications. Describe the significance of microorganisms as agents of infectious disease and their control. Recognise the beneficial activities of microorganisms. Identify what is required for, and undertake a simple microbiological assessment of a product, process or system. Carry out specific experiments using acquired laboratory skills.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning








Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
This module is a mixture of lectures and laboratory work throughout the course of the semester. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Agricultural Microbiology (INDM20010)

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Practical Examination: Laboratory MCQ Assessment Varies over the Trimester n/a Graded No


Multiple Choice Questionnaire: Multiple choice questionnaire 2 hour End of Trimester Exam n/a Graded No


Practical Examination: Laboratory Reports Varies over the Trimester n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring Yes - 2 Hour
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Feedback can be received from the module coordinator post assessment.

Name Role
Dr Jennifer Mitchell Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Assoc Professor Peadar Ó Gaora Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Tadhg Ó'Cróinín Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - Autumn: All Weeks Fri 14:00 - 14:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 11 Fri 16:00 - 16:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 Mon 14:00 - 14:50
Practical Offering 1 Week(s) - 3, 7 Wed 11:00 - 12:50
Practical Offering 2 Week(s) - 3, 7 Wed 15:00 - 16:50
Practical Offering 3 Week(s) - 4, 8 Wed 11:00 - 12:50
Practical Offering 4 Week(s) - 4, 8 Wed 15:00 - 16:50
Practical Offering 5 Week(s) - 5, 9 Wed 11:00 - 12:50
Practical Offering 6 Week(s) - 5, 9 Wed 15:00 - 16:50
Practical Offering 7 Week(s) - 6, 10 Wed 11:00 - 12:50
Practical Offering 8 Week(s) - 6, 10 Wed 15:00 - 16:50