PHM633 - Pharmaceutical Microbiology

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Subject Title
Pharmaceutical Microbiology

Subject Description
This subject examines various aspects of microbiology which are relevant to the pharmaceutical and cosmetics industries.  The role of microbes in the production of pharmaceuticals is examined as well as methods used to monitor and control microbial contamination in an industrial environment.  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 USP, NF, BP, and the Canadian Food and Drugs Act.

Credit Status
One credit towards the CLP(C) and BTA(C) programs.  (This course is offered as an option for BTA(C) students).

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

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to

  1. Recognize and identify potential sources of microbial contamination in an industrial environment.
  2. Describe and perform procedures used to monitor an industrial environment.
  3. Describe and perform methods used to identify and quantitate microbes in the laboratory.
  4. Describe and perform the USP procedures for the microbiological testing of water, raw materials, and finished products.
  5. Describe and perform USP procedures used to determine the efficiency/potency of antimicrobial agents including disinfectants, antibiotics, and chemical preservatives.
  6. Describe and explain the use of microbes in bioassays and the production of pharmaceuticals.

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.

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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
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