IMB472 - Industrial Microbiology

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Subject Title
Industrial Microbiology

Subject Description
This subject examines various industrial applications of microbiology. The role of microbes in the production of foods, chemicals, and pharmaceuticals is examined as well as the role of microbes in various industrial processes including bioremediation and waste management. Methods used to monitor and control microbial contamination in an industrial environment are also examined. Laboratory exercises include the evaluation of disinfectant effectiveness and antibiotic potency as well as methods used to identify and quantitate microbes associated with water, air, surfaces, raw materials and finished products. Testing procedures and their interpretation follow regulatory specifications outlined in the United States Pharmacopeia (USP) and the Canadian Food and Drugs Act.

Credit Status
One credit towards the CLT program.
MBG 372

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1. Describe the contributions of microbes to the field of biotechnology (ie. the use of microbes in the production of foods, chemicals, and pharmaceuticals as well as their role in a variety of industrial processes).

2. Describe and perform methods used to culture, identify and quantitate microbes in the laboratory.

3. Recognize and identify potential sources of microbial contamination in an industrial environment.

4. Describe and perform procedures used to monitor microbial contamination in an industrial environment.

5. Describe and perform the USP procedures for the microbiological testing of water, raw materials, and finished products.

6. Describe and perform USP procedures used to determine the efficiency/potency of antimicrobial agents including disinfectants and antibiotics.

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Execute mathematical operations accurately.

Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.