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Microbiology 100 Hours Certificate Course
Learn About Microbiology
Learn the Science of Microbiology
Explore its broad applications to
- human, animal and plant disease
- routine functions in biology (eg. absorption of nutrients, immunology, managing waste, etc)
- Farming -horticulture, agriculture
- Food industries -food treatment, storage, preservation, etc.
- Environmental Management
By studying this course, you will improve your capacity to seek and understand information, and explore applications of that knowledge, well beyond the time you spend on this initial course.
Lesson Structure: Microbiology
There are 9 lessons:
1 Scope and Nature of Microbiology
- Why Study Micro organisms?
- Types of Micro organisms
- Where to Begin
- Other multicellular organisms
- Microscopes - Introduction
- Light Microscopes
- Types of Light Microscopes: Stereoscope (or Stereo Microscope), Compound Microscope, Confocal Microscope
- Electron Microscopy
- Helium Ion
- Preparation of Samples For Light Microscopy
- Case Study: Labatory Techniques For Diagnosis of Plant Diseases
- Identifying the Problem
- Selecting a Pathogen for Verification
- Preparation of Pathogens
- Culture Methods and Isolation Techniques
- Types of Culture
- Types of Glassware
- The Autoclave
- Arnold Steam Sterilization
- Dry Heat Sterilisation
- Filtration Sterilisation
- Low Temperature Sterilisation
- What is used as Media?
- Commonly used Examples: MacConkey’s Agar (Selective and Differential), Mannitol Salt (MSA) Agar (Selective and Differential)
- Streak Plate Method
- Preparation of Agar Plates
- Streak Plate Method Protocol
- Pour Plate Method
- Maintaining Cultures
- Aseptic Technique
- Preserved Cultures
- Factors Affecting Microbial Growth
- Hydrostatic Pressure
- Osmotic Pressure
- Radiation, Carbon, Nitrogen, Sulphur, Phosphorus, Trace Elements, Vitamans
- Example Stages in the Development of a Disease in Plants
- Example: Virus Replication Cycle
- The Microbiology Laboratory
- Setting up a Simple Home Laboratory
- Starting Out
4 Microbial Taxonomy
- What is Taxonomy?
- Classification of Microbes
- Terminology to Learn and Remember: Bacteria, Archaea, Viruses, Fungi, Others
- Good and Bad Micro Organisms
- Good Things Microorganisms Do
- Types of Bacteria
- Structure of a Prokaryotic Cell
- Bacterial Cell Wall Structure
- Gram Staining
- Gram Stain Reaction Protocol
- Acid-Fast Organisms
- Acid-Fast Protocol
- Bacterial Disease in Plants
- Plant Case Studies (Bacterial Diseases)
- Bacterial Disease in Animals
- Case Study: Tetanus
- Bacterial Diseases in Humans
- What is an Antibiotic?
- Virus Structure
- Anatomy of the Virion
- The Infected Cell
- Virus Reproduction
- How Zika Virus Infects a Cell
- Virus Taxonomy
- Animal Viruses: International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses (ICTV)
- Animal Viruses: Baltimore Classification
- Virus Classification: Working Together
- Plant Viruses: Prototype Classification
- Viral Diseases
- Crystallisation of Viruses
- Viral Disease in Humans
- Case Study: Human Swine Flu - Influenza A H1N1 or Hini Influenza 09
- Viral Disease in Plants
- Case Studies: Plant Viruses
- Viral Diseases in Animals
- Case Study: Animal Viruses
- Viral Diseases in Cats
7 Other Microbes
- Fungus Biology
- Case Study: Candida
- Plant-like Protists
- Fungus-like Protists
- Animal-like Protists (Protozoa)
- Types of Immunity
- General Immune Response
- Recognition of self/non-self
- Herd Immunity
- Immunological Disorders
- Autoimmune diseases
9 Applied Microbiology
- Microbiology in Agriculture and Horticulture
- Microbiology in Food Technology and Management
- Environmental Microbiology
- Industrial Microbiology
- Microbiology and Phamaceuticals
- Microbes in Humans
- Microbiology and Health Management in Animals
Learning Goals: Microbiology
- Discuss the nature and scope of microbiology and its potential application to human life and society
- Determine appropriate tools for studying micro organisms, and how to utilise those tools in a variety of different contexts
- Describe how to culture different micro organisms in a laboratory
- Differentiate between different types of microorganisms.
- Determine appropriate ways of finding and applying current information to differentiate between microorganisms you are not familiar with
- Explain the taxonomy, function and significance of a range of different types of bacteria
- Explain the taxonomy, function and significance of a range of different types of viruses
- Discuss characteristics and significance of a range of different types of other microbes
- Explain immunity in plants, animals and humans
- Identify and explain different practical applications for an understanding of the applications of microbiology
Practical (Set Tasks)
What Makes Bacteria Different?
Bacteria can be good or bad; useful to man, or harmful to man. It all depends upon what type of bacteria you are considering. This course helps you to understand those differences, and understand how we can differentiate between different types of bacteria.
Bacteria occur everywhere in our world in huge numbers: from inside our bodies to across the surface of every living and non living thing on our planet.
Bacteria have the same structures as a normal cell, including: a cell wall, nuclear material, cytoplasm and various membranes, such as mitochondria, endoplasmic, reticulata, plasma membrane; they also have a slime layer (capsule), flagella and some but not all can have spore formation.
The ‘slime layer’ can vary in thickness and texture - if it is thick and firm enough, it is called a capsule. When chains or clumps of bacteria form the whole chain or clump can be surrounded by a slime layer. At times this layer can become a solid gelatinous mass (called a zooglea).
Flagella are outgrowths of cytoplasm that extend through the cell wall. They are appendage-like structures used for movement.
Bacteria can either reproduce by splitting, or by spores.
Spore formation is regarded as a resting stage. Under favourable conditions the internal protoplasm can form a ‘knot’ and surround itself with a wall. Bacterial spores are generally more resistant to being degraded than other types of organisms. To completely destroy bacterial spores may require boiling under pressure (as in a pressure cooker).
Bacteria Classification is Based Upon:
- Morphology - the form of the cell.
- Presence or absence of flagella.
- Reaction to certain stains.
Assessment is based on a combination of completing all assignments and sitting for a final short one and a half hour exam, in your own location.
If you don’t cope well with exams then you may elect to undertake a project instead. This is a popular option.
In addition, most modules have a Set Task at the end of each lesson placed before the assignment. This is an opportunity to undertake practical work to help you acquire knowledge and skills and practical experience. This ADL feature is an added bonus not found at most online schools. Set Tasks are not required for assessment.
Some courses also have optional Self-Tests which are available on our online learning platform. These are not available by correspondence or by USB, and do not form part of your overall grade.
How our courses work
- Choose Your Learning Method
You choose how you would like to receive your course material, i.e., Online, USB or Correspondence. The choice is yours. You may also work on online or offline.
- Tutor Allocation
Every student is assigned their own dedicated tutor who is an expert in their subject area. They provide as much or as little individual contact as you require. You can contact your tutor whenever you need – your hours are not limited.
- Feedback and Assignments
Tutor Feedback is an essential component in helping you understand the subject matter. Tutor feedback is given in the form of notes written on the assignment. We encourage you to contact your Tutor where help with clarification and understanding of course material may be required.
Your assignments are located at the end of each lesson. You submit them for marking whenever you are ready. There is no time limit.
- Set Tasks and Self-Tests
Most modules have a Set Task at the end of each lesson before for the assignment. This is where you get the opportunity to undertake practical work to help you acquire knowledge, skills and practical experience. Many modules also have short Self-Tests.
Once all assignments have been completed you may then elect to sit for a one and half hour exam in your own location. If you prefer not to take the exam you do have the option to undertake a project instead.
Once the exam or project part of the course is completed, your Certificate is then processed. Please allow approximately 4 weeks for this.
- Design Your Own Qualification
ADL offers students the flexibility to self-design their own qualification – bundling together a combination of 100-hour modules into a qualification higher than a certificate.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Here is a list of the most often asked FAQ’s.
Q. Why should I enrol with the Academy for Distance Learning?
A. Here at ADL, our students are our priority – we treat everyone as a unique individual.
Q. Do I need to buy text books?
A. No, as each module has been written by highly qualified industry professionals. The content of the material is presented in such a way that text books are not required. However, if you require additional reading your tutor will be able to supply a list.
Q. What happens if I have to stop studying for a while? (eg. become sick, go on holidays, have a baby, move house, etc)
A. It’s OK to take a break and start up your study at a later point in time. Just let us know.
Q. Is there an age limit?
A. There is no maximum age limit. We do however, have a minimum age limit of 18 years. Below that age parental consent would be required.
Q. Are your courses up-to date?
A. Our courses are revised and updated on a rotation system.
Q. Do you have a Cancellation policy?
A. Yes. We have a cancellation policy that is fair and equitable. For further details please click here.
Q. Will I have any opportunity to engage with other students?
A. We have a Student Community group based on facebook! If you don’t have a facebook account already, you could make one just for talking with fellow students on the group.
Q. When can I enrol/start?
A. You may enrol and start at any time of the year – it’s all self- paced.
Q. Can I study from anywhere in the world?
A. Our courses are available to anyone, anywhere in the world from the comfort of your own home. The course content is relevant to any country, culture or economy.
Q. How long do I have to complete the course?
A. You complete the course at any time that is convenient for you.
Q. Completing a 100 hour module – how long will it take?
A. For some students a 100 hour module will take approximately to 3- 6 months to complete. Others take less time and some even longer.
Q. Assessment – how does it work?
A. For each 100 hour module you are assessed by assignments (at the end of each lesson) and a final one and a half hour exam (or you may elect to complete a Project, instead of sitting the exam) – the choice is yours – you sit for the exam in your own location.
Q. I don’t cope well with exams – what can I do?
A. You may elect to undertake a Project (set by your tutor) instead of sitting the exam. Projects are completed from your home and can usually take a couple of weeks to complete.
Q. If my assignment is not up to standard is there an opportunity to resubmit my work?
A. Yes –
Q. How many assignments do I need to complete for each module?
A. At the end of each lesson, there is an assignment – so if a course has say, 10 lessons, there would be 10 assignments.
Q. I am having difficulty attending workshops/industry meetings, what can be done?
A. If your course requires attendance at workshops, conferences, or industry meetings; alternative arrangements can be made in your country.
Q. What qualification will I receive?
A. For individual modules, you would be awarded a Certificate endorsed by TQUK (Training Qualifications, UK), providing you complete all assignments and the exam. If you just want to complete only the assignments and not sit for the exam or finish a Project, then a Letter of Achievement would be awarded. For more details on qualifications available please click here.
Q. Can I customize my diploma/higher qualification?
A. Not all educational institution’s certificates /diplomas meet everyone’s needs. The opportunity to Design Your Own Diploma at the Academy (subject to our approval) is an added bonus, not found at other colleges. You choose modules that you think will help you in achieving your goal.
Q. What do I get when I complete the course? Will I receive a transcript?
A. At the completion of all courses and providing all assignments and exam requirements have been met, you will receive your Award and a Transcript.
Q. Our tutors – who are they?
A. We appoint Tutors and require that they must be currently active in their industry, with at least 5 years’ experience in their chosen profession.
Q. Can I contact my tutor at any time?
A. Yes – you have unlimited access to your tutor via email through our Online Classroom. You can always leave a message with ADL requesting your tutor to contact you. You decide on how much or how little contact you wish to have.
Q. Practical work – How is this done?
A. To find out more about this part of the course please visit the section on How Our Courses Work here.
What your tuition fees include
- All Course Material via Online, USB or Correspondence
- Assignments Marked
- Professional Tutor Feedback
- Set Tasks - Practical Exercises to help you develop skills
- Self-Tests – multiple choice questions at the end of lessons in most modules
- Unlimited Personal Tutor Support – via our student classroom
- Committed and Friendly Admin Support – vital to your success
- All ADL Exam or Project fees (exception RHS exams)
- Qualification Certificate
- Official Transcript with assignment grades
- Student Manual
- Academic Writing course (optional - 10 hours only)
- Critical Thinking course (optional - 10 hours only)
- Job Seekers Careers Guide
- Study Tips on How To Study Better
- Career Counselling by ADL Staff
- CV Writing Help, Tips and Advice
There are no hidden extras
FAQ - RHS Theory Qualifications
If you require further details about any of the RHS industry recognised qualifications please, call one of our friendly RHS Course Advisors on +44 (0)1227 789 649 or email: [email protected]
Q: When can I Enrol/Start My RHS Course With ADL?
A: Anytime, Anywhere. There are no enrolment deadlines.
Q: I live Overseas. Can I Study From Overseas?
A: You can study any of the RHS theory qualifications overseas. All courses are offered in English. You will need to email RHS Qualifications direct to arrange sitting for your examination overseas.
Q: Is There a Time Limit for Completing an RHS Qualification?
A: At present there are no time limits. However, RHS is contemplating in the future, the introduction of course time-lines.
Q: Are There Any Entry Requirements (Pre-Requisites)?
A: The RHS Theory courses do not require prerequisites, previous experience or any knowledge of horticulture. You just need passion for all things horticulture.
Q: What Course Should I Start With First? I Am New To RHS Qualifications.
A: We highly recommend that you start with Level 2 – Principles of Garden Planning, Establishment and Maintenance.
Q: What Does ADL Course Material Include?
A: Includes Power Point Presentations, Videos and written course lessons.
Q: When Do Exams Take Place?
A: Exams are held on fixed dates in February and June of each year. You should register as a candidate at least 3 months before these dates, so please do not leave exam registration to the last minute
Q: Where Do I Take My Exams?
A: UK: You take the exams at the RHS Wisley Centre, located between Cobham and Ripley in Surrey or at other authorised RHS centres around the UK.
Overseas: please email RHS qualifications direct for centre information.
Q: Exam Pass Marks?
A: Module – pass 50%. Commendation 70%.
Qualification: 50% pass for all modules.
Commendation awarded for all modules.
Each question carries a value of 10 marks.
Q: I’m Not Happy With My Exam Results?
A: You have the opportunity to re-sit your exam at the next opportunity.
There are no restrictions on the number of re-sits you can take. The highest mark you achieve will remain.,