General microbiology: Historical Introduction, Scope of Microbiology with special reference to Pharmaceutical Sciences. Nomenclature and classification of Micro-organisms.
The Bacteria: General and cellular Morphology, structure and function. Classification of Bacteria. Growth curve, growth factors and growth characteristics. Nutrition, Requirements and Nutrition factors affecting growth. Culture Media, Bacterial cultures and staining Methods.
The Viruses: Introduction, Classification (and detail of at least one species from every group), cultivation, and replication.
The normal flora: Microbiology of air, water and soil (general introduction and normal inhibitants of air, water, and soil).