Microbiology is the study of living things, including organisms, small animals and plants, bacteria, fungi, viruses, and algae, that cannot be seen by the human eye. Microbes are critical to life, influencing everything from plant growth to gut digestion and disease. This course is ideal for those aspiring to become a microbiologist or for anyone wanting to gain foundation knowledge, helpful across many fields.
The Certificate of Microbiology is an online professional development program that will help you to develop a broad-based understanding of the science of microbiology.
In this microbiology course, you will explore microbiology and its relationship to human, animal and plant disease; routine functions in biology; farming, horticulture and agriculture; food industries and environmental management.
You will also learn about the different types of bacteria and explore the many practical applications of microbiology to human life and society and discover the general classifications and anatomy of microbes.
On completion of this course, you will have developed a solid foundation of how microorganisms impact on human life and the world around us.
Unit - Microbiology
Unit 1 – Scope and nature of microbiology
Why study microorganisms?
A huge topic – where so you begin?
Unit 2 – Microscopes
Helium ion microscope
Preparation of samples for light microscopy
Case study: laboratory techniques for diagnosis of plant diseases
Preparation of pathogens
Unit 3 – Cultures
Types of culture
Types of glassware
Commonly used examples
Preparation of agar plates
Streak plate method protocol
Pour plate method
Factors affecting microbial growth
Stages in the development of a disease in plants
Virus replication cycle
The microbiology laboratory
Setting up a simple home laboratory
Unit 4 – Microbial taxonomy
What is taxonomy?
Good and bad microorganisms
Good things microorganisms do
Unit 5 – Bacteria
Structure of a prokaryotic cell
Bacterial cell wall structure
Gram positive and negative organisms
Gram stain reaction protocol
Bacterial diseases in plants
Plant case studies (bacterial diseases)
Bacterial diseases in animals
Case study: tetanus
Bacterial diseases in humans
Unit 6 – Viruses
Anatomy of the virion
Animal viruses: Baltimore classification
Viral diseases in humans
Case study: human swine flu – influenza a H1N1 or Hini Influenza 09
Viral diseases in plants
Case studies: plant viruses
Viral diseases in animals
Case studies: animal viruses
Unit 7 – Other microbes
Case study: candida
Animal-like protists (protozoa)
Unit 8 – Immunology
Types of immunity
General immune response
Unit 9 – Applied microbiology
Microbiology in agriculture and horticulture
Microbiology and horticultural practices
Soil biological management
The nitrogen cycle
How to improve soil biology
Rhizobium bacteria and soil fertility
Microbiology and plant pathology
How bacteria, fungi and other microorganisms infect plants
Lifecycle of nematodes
The role of insects in the spread of disease
Microbiology in food technology and management
Deterioration of food
Reducing food spoilage by microorganisms
Microbiology and pharmaceuticals
Microbes in humans
Diseases and animal/human interactions
Microbiology and health management in animals
Estimated duration 50 hours
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Assessment will be comprised of written exercises, including short-answer questions, reflective tasks, short reports and/or projects. There are no examinations or due dates for assessment. As a result, you can complete training in your own time and at your own pace with the assistance of unlimited tutor support.
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