Microbiological Safety

Faculteit Science and Engineering
Jaar 2021/22
Vakcode WMMP004-01
Vaknaam Microbiological Safety
Niveau(s) master
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester I
(dit vak wordt ook buiten deze periode aangeboden; zie opmerkingen)
(last week of Ia OR last week of Ib)
ECTS 1
Rooster rooster.rug.nl Ia,Ib

Uitgebreide vaknaam Microbiological Safety
Leerdoelen At the end of the course, the student is able to:
1) reproduce the rules for working according to VMT (Safe Microbiological Techniques) and show that he/she can observe
these VMT rules while working in the laboratory.
2) explain how microorganisms spread.
3) explain why certain actions in the lab entail biological risks and how these risks can be mitigated.
4) explain how microorganisms can be killed or removed and understands the potential pitfalls of disinfection and
sterilization.
5) apply aseptical and purifying techniques.
Omschrijving This basic course teaches the students how to work safely with microorganisms and materials which can contain microorganisms
and why you should do this. The course will lead to a certificate needed to be allowed to work in an ML-I laboratory (VMT
certificate). The course includes a theoretical and a practical part. The theoretical part consists of lectures and an e-learning.
Theoretical part:
During the course, but better just before the course, the UMCG e-learning module (Biological Agents, module ML-I) will be followed
and completed by passing a test. The module gives the student the basic knowledge for working with microorganisms.
The lectures will build on the e-learning and discuss examples from daily work and the application of law and regulations in
institutions such as the UMCG.
Practical part:
Techniques to safely deal with microorganisms. Working asceptically. Inoculating and purifying by sub culturing of bacteria cultures
or samples. Determining the degree of contamination of air. Survival of a model microorganism on clothing. The formation of aerosols.
Autoclave validation with a biological indicator. Test effectiveness of hand washing and hand disinfection. Disinfection of surfaces.
How to deal with spills. Determination of bacteria in a mixture. Analysis of normal human microbiota present in students.
Uren per week 16
Onderwijsvorm Hoorcollege (LC), Opdracht (ASM), Practisch werk (PRC)
(Lectures: 3 hours, Assignment (e-learning): 4 hours, Practical (performing experiments): 9 hours, Self study: 12 hours.)
Toetsvorm Meerkeuze toets (MC), Practisch werk (PR)
(Digital test with multiple choice questions and assessment of practical skills. Both should be satisfactory to pass the course (see also remarks).)
Vaksoort master
Coördinator dr. B.L. Waarts
Docent(en) dr. B.L. Waarts
Verplichte literatuur
Titel Auteur ISBN Prijs
Content E-learning Biological Agents
Manual of Practical
Handouts
Entreevoorwaarden The course unit assumes the student has basic lab skills (i.e. using a pipet, using disposables, preparing experiments, recording results).

The course unit is compulsory for master students Biomedical Sciences and Medical Pharmaceutical Sciences who have not obtained a Safe Microbiological Technique certificate (VMT in Dutch). Students need this certificate before they start their research project.
Opmerkingen This course is given twice. In period 1a and period 1b. Please double-check which edition you have enrolled for and attend that edition - if you've signed up for the 1b course, you cannot simply show up for the 1a course.
Max capacity: 24 students. This is a MSc. Medical Pharmaceutical Sciences course unit: see student portal for priority regulations in place.

Attendance at both the lectures and the practical is required !!
Lectures and practicals: UMCG, Ant. Deusinglaan 1, Groningen

No mark will be given. The final result of the course will be passed or failed. To pass the course the student will have to pass the
E-test of the E-learning Biological Agents and pass the assessment of the practical work. When the student has passed the
course a VMT-certificate will be awarded.

All parts are mandatory. When missing a part no certificate will be awarded
Opgenomen in
Opleiding Jaar Periode Type
MSc Biology: Research  (Electives/Optional modules) - semester I keuze
MSc Biology: Science, Business and Policy  (Compulsory master courses) - semester I keuze
MSc Biomedical Sciences: Biology of Ageing  (Electives (10 ECTS)) - semester I keuze
MSc Biomedical Sciences: Biology of Cancer and Immune System  (Electives ) - semester I keuze
MSc Biomedical Sciences: Biology of Food and Nutrition  (Electives (10 ECTS)) - semester I keuze
MSc Biomedical Sciences: Neuroscience  (Electives (10 ECTS)) - semester I keuze
MSc Biomedical Sciences: Research  (Electives) - semester I keuze
MSc Biomedical Sciences: Science, Business and Policy  (Electives (10 ECTS)) - semester I keuze
MSc Biomolecular Sciences  (Electives/Optional modules) - semester I keuze
MSc Ecology and Evolution: Ecology and Conservation  (Electives/optional modules) - semester I keuze
MSc Ecology and Evolution: Evolutionary Biology  (Electives/optional modules) - semester I keuze
MSc Marine Biology: Research  (Electives/Optional modules) - semester I keuze
MSc Medical Pharmaceutical Sciences: Drug Toxicology & Translational Technology  (Electives) - semester I keuze
MSc Medical Pharmaceutical Sciences: Pharmaceutical Design and Engineering  (Other possible Electives) - semester I keuze
MSc Medical Pharmaceutical Sciences: Pharmacoepidemiology & Pharmacoeconomics  (Electives) - semester I keuze
MSc Medical Pharmaceutical Sciences: Research  (Electives) - semester I keuze
MSc Medical Pharmaceutical Sciences: Science, Business and Policy  (Electives (5 ECTS)) - semester I keuze
Wordt meermaals per jaar gegeven: - semester I b -
Wordt meermaals per jaar gegeven: - semester I a -