The course is aimed at introducing students offering the Bachelor of Industrial Chemistry degree programme to the basic principles of general microbiology with a bias to industrial microbiology as one of the applied field of Microbiology. The course will introduce students to elementary cell biology so as to lay a solid foundation necessary for the understanding of the basics of the discipline. Other areas to be covered in the course with include: definitions of terms with illustrations were applicable; discussion of microbial groups (bacteria, algae, protozoa, cynobacteria, fungi , viruses); classification, nomenclature and identification of microbes; growth and control of microbial growth, preservation and maintenance; fermentation, Scaled-up fermentation and downstream processing, examples of industrial microorganisms, microbial processes, raw materials and products.
The Course is intended to:
- Equipping the students with a theoretical and practical understanding of industrial microbiology.
- Encouraging students to appreciate the exploitation of microorganisms in industries as a viable alternative to the use of chemicals to the production of useful products.
- Providing students with skills of identifying community concerns and solving problems through the application of microorganisms at a local as well as an industrial level.
- Promote excellence among students of industrial microbiology and enhance their intellectual development.