Food Microbiology - 7105418
Course Title
Food Microbiology
Course Number
Instructor Name
Motasem Al-Masri
Contact Information
[email protected]
Semester(s) and academic year(s)
First Semester 2019
First Semester 2018
Compulsory / Elective
Course Description

The main aim of this course is to provide students with brief, accurate & up to date presentation of those aspects of food microbiology that are of particular significance in the fields of food poisoning and food spoilage.  The students will study the structure of micro-organisms (bacterial, fungal, viral), classification, morphology, growth, cultivation, and factors affecting growth of micro-organisms in foods.  Emphasis will be on food borne disease and food poisoning, and controlling the microbiological quality and safety of foods. Laboratory work of this course includes taking samples and identifying the microbes in the food products like fruits, vegetables, dairy, juices and meat.

Course Objectives
Intended learning Outcomes and Competences

A- Learning outcomes

At the end of the course:

A1. Students are expected to understand the fundamental concepts of food microbiology.

A2. Students are expected to learn the structure of micro-organisms, naming, and classification.

A3. Students must be familiar with the factors that influence the growth of micro-organisms in foods.

A4. Identify the most important pathogen responsible for food poisoning and food spoilage.

A5. Students are expected to use the knowledge background to perform laboratory experiments concerning food quality.

A6. Students are expected to understand the relationships between laboratory data and the food quality criteria.

A7. The microbiology of acid food fermentation.

A8. The familiarity and the good knowledge of the laws of public safety, laboratory good practice and how to apply during working in the laboratory.

Textbook and References

Laboratory Methods in Food Microbiology, 1998, Wilkie Harrigan, 3rd ed., Academic Press,

- FDA's Bacteriological Analytical Manual, 1998, Food and Drug Administration laboratories,

Assessment Criteria
Activity Percent (%)
exams 100%