Aris, A. (Azmi) ; Yahya, A. B. (Adibah Binti) ; Hashim, N. (Normala) (2011)
This course facilitates students to understand the concept and principle in general microbiology. Required skills in microbiology are acquired by performing hands-on activities in laboratory. All practical sessions are guided and arranged in separate sessions to provide adequate time for students to develop their technical skills, particularly in techniques related to sterilization, aseptic, microbial handling, microscopy observation, as well as techniques in monitoring and measuring growth of microorganism. Students are also exposed to the knowledge for designing and setting up microbiology laboratory. Classroom discussions are focused to develop understanding on the process to isolate microorganisms from environment that include some basic explanation on the type of tools and techniques necessary for this process. Various classes of microorganisms are differentiated, mainly those of prokaryotes and eukaryotes. Their cellular organization is identified and the functions of each cellular component are explained and illustrated. Factors such as nutrient requirement and physical conditions that influencing growth and metabolism are discussed, which further develop to the discussion on the microbial metabolic diversity and the ability to control microbial growth. Different classes of microbes such as fungi, algae, protozoa as well as their beneficial applications are also looked into. Discussion on physical and chemical control of microbial growth is part of the role of microorganisms in controlling diseases caused by microorganisms. Application of microbes in industries such as food, beverages and in environment will be briefly highlighted.
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