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The Last Straw.


As much as I really wanted to write my heart out during this semester break, the truth is that I have to admit that my writing mojo is not what it used to be like back in the days when I was still a Diploma student in UiTM Negeri Sembilan.

Not wanting to blame my lack of updates on the scarcity of idea available in my think tank alone, I’ve also found out that I’m much more critical than I used to be when it comes to deciding on the contents that I would want to be made available on my blog.

Anyhow, I’ve been doing some spring cleaning cleaning around my blog when I discovered that I still owe you guys some unpublished Microbiology-related notes in the Media section, eager to be shared with you guys out there.

So, here’s to the last few notes that I still have left in my keeping, Microbiology-wise!

MIC 342 :

Body Defense System

Foreign Agents, Molecules & Cells

Adaptive Immunity

Immune Response

Normal Flora


Urogenital and Sexual Transmitted Diseases

Cardiovascular, Lymphatic and Systematic Diseases

Central Nervous System

Respiratory Infections

MIC 319 :

Chapter 1


Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Bonus Chapter

Chapter 5

Chapter 6

Chapter 7

Chapter 8

Chapter 9

Chapter 10

MIC 304 :

Introduction on Industrial Microbiology

Fermentation Technology

Microbial Growth Kinetics

Culture Maintenance

Industrial Products From Microbial Processes (I)

Industrial Product From Microbial Process (II)

Industrial Product From Microbial Process (Wines)

Industrial Enzyme Production

MIC 207 :

Lecture 1

Lecture 2

Lecture 3

Lecture 4

Lecture 5

Lecture 6

Lecture 7

Lecture 8

Lecture 9

Lecture 10


Green Technology

Microbiology of Water


Sustainable Development


The Grading System.


It has been a while since I’ve finished my first Degree Final Examinations with the last paper Nutrition on 15 January 2014.

For those who are wondering on how do I fare with my Final Examination not long ago, these two songs popped inside my mind..

Keasyikan layananmu

Menggambarkan kemesraan

Di antara sejuta kenangan.

Kepuraan timbul jua


Tersisih dari sisi

Jika itu tak dipinta

Mengapakah tercipta?

Dalam sedar

Semua itu kerna

Simpati atau lena

Dibuai resah dan curiga.

Ku tak pasti

Adanya perpisahan

Mengapakah ada persimpangan yang memisahkannya?

Di sebalik keasyikan itu

Lalu ku tersingkir


Di sudut

Memori luka abadi.

Not to forget this..

Saat aku kehilanganmu

Hati dibaluti rasa pilu

Kedukaanku pasti berlarutan kerna dikecewakan

Bagaikan aur dengan tebing

Kita mengatur langkah seiring

Menghadapi kepahitan hidup berdua

Pernah menangis bersama.

Panas dan hujan

Ribut dan taufan

Telah menguji kesetiaan

Bersama keyakinan kita jadikan

Mimpi satu kenyataan.

Tiada pernah ku menyangka

Kejayaan mengaburi mata

Sehinggakan ku merasa tak lagi perlu

Ku berada di sisimu.

Just in case any of you guys think that the above situation is perfectly normal, please bear in mind that I’m not a music biggie. Let alone the old ones!

So if you’ve ever come across me belting out those two songs above, you should have known by now that it’s pretty much a red flag signal that screams TENSION and STRESS in all its CAPS LOCK glory.

Pathetic, no?

If that does not spell out miserable beautifully, you should have seen me desperately whipping out my calculator and pushing the buttons fervently to produce the lowest estimate values that I could possibly obtain in order to achieve desirable score for each of my papers every time I exited the Examination Hall!

That, my friends, pretty much describes how I felt about my recent Final Examination.

For those of you who might be interested in the history and the present official grading system that UiTM has been using, look no further.

Keep calm and scroll down!


The Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) is an academic institution which offers programmes at Certificate, Diploma, Bachelors, Masters and Ph.D levels.


The official summary transcript of a student is a confidential document. It can only be used for the purpose(s) for which it has been requested by the student. Release to other parties and/or for other purpose requires written consent from the student.


A transcript is official when it bears the handwritten signature on behalf of the Registrar and the date, and its imprinted with the embossed seal of Universiti Teknologi MARA.


To remain in good academic standing a student must maintain a CGPA of 2.0. Probationary status will be issued to a student with a CGPA of less than 2.0.

A student will be dismissed if he/she

  1. obtains a CGPA of less than 1.80
  2. obtains a CGPA of less than 1.80 after being under probation for one semester
  3. obtains a CGPA of less than 2.0 after being under probation for two consecutive semesters
  4. fails a subject for the third time
  5. exceeds the maximum period allowed for obtaining the degree/diploma/certificate

Prior to July Semester 1978 :

Pass/Fail Grade Cut Off Point is 40%.

As of July 1978 – June 1988 :

  • A : 4.00 (Excellent)
  • B : 3.00 – 3.99 (Above Average)
  • C : 2.00 – 2.99 (Average Pass)
  • D : 1.00 – 1.99 (Weak Pass)
  • E : 0.00 – 0.99 (Fail)
  • X : Absent/Incomplete With Permission
  • Y : Absent/Incomplete Without Permission
  • L : Transfer Credits/Exemption
  • 1 : First Failure
  • 2 : Second Failure
  • 3 : Third Failure

As of July 1983 – June 1988 :

  • A    : 4.00 (Pass With Distinction)
  • A-  : 3.67  (Pass With Distinction)
  • B+ : 3.33 (High Pass)
  • B    : 3.00 (High Pass)
  • B-  : 2.67 (High Pass)
  • C+ : 2.33 (Pass : Core)
  • C    : 2.00 (Pass : Core)
  • C-  : 1.67 (Fail : Core | Pass : Non-Core)
  • D+: 1.33 (Fail : Core | Pass : Non-Core)
  • D   : 1.00 (Fail : Core | Pass : Non-Core)
  • E   : 0.67 (Fail)
  • F   : 0.00 (Fail)
  • X : Absent/Incomplete With Permission
  • Y : Absent/Incomplete Without Permission
  • L : Transfer Credits/Exemption
  • N: Automatic Promotion
  • U: Audit
  • 1 : First Failure
  • 2 : Second Failure
  • 3 : Third Failure

As of July 1988 to July 2000 :

  • A+    : 4.00 (Excellent)
  • A       : 4.00 (Excellent)
  • A-     : 3.67  (Excellent)
  • B+    : 3.33 (Pass With Credit)
  • B       : 3.00 (Pass With Credit)
  • B-     : 2.67 (Pass)
  • C+    : 2.33 (Pass)
  • C       : 2.00 (Pass)
  • C-     : 1.67 (Unsatisfactory | Need Not Repeat If Non-Core)
  • D+   : 1.33 (Unsatisfactory | Need Not Repeat If Non-Core)
  • D      : 1.00 (Unsatisfactory| Need Not Repeat If Non-Core)
  • E      : 0.67 (Fail)
  • F      : 0.00 (Fail)
  • X     : Absent or Does Not Complete Practical Training With Permission
  • Y     : Absent or Does Not Complete Practical Training Without Permission
  • T     : Incomplete
  • K     : Exemption
  • U    : Audit
  • S     : Withdrawal
  • 1 : First Failure
  • 2 : Second Failure
  • 3 : Third Failure

As of July 2000 to present :

  • A+      : 4.00 (Excellent)
  • A         : 4.00 (Excellent)
  • A-       : 3.67  (Excellent)
  • B+      : 3.33 (Pass With Credit)
  • B         : 3.00 (Pass With Credit)
  • B-       : 2.67 (Pass With Credit)
  • C+      : 2.33 (Pass)
  • C         : 2.00 (Pass)
  • C-       : 1.67 (Unsatisfactory | Need Not Repeat If Non-Core)
  • D+     : 1.33 (Unsatisfactory | Need Not Repeat If Non-Core)
  • D        : 1.00 (Unsatisfactory| Need Not Repeat If Non-Core)
  • E        : 0.67 (Fail)
  • F        : 0.00 (Fail)
  • F1      : First Failure
  • F2     : Second Failure
  • F3     : Third Failure
  • PD    : Credit Transfer
  • PC     : Exemption
  • TL     : Incomplete
  • UD    : Audit
  • XX    : Absent With Permission
  • YY    : Absent Without Permission
  • WW : Withdrawal
  • ZZ     : Not Allowed To Sit For Examination

Pretty scary considering that the Final Examination results will be out in few days time, no?

The Final Countdown.


It has only been three days since the UiTM Final Examination for Pre-Diploma and Diploma kick started last Monday, but I’m already experiencing mental exhaustion from sitting for two subject papers back-to-back for two days straight.

Dr. Nurfathin Farhana, is it possible for you to prescribe me with some headachase?

Because I could really use some right now to break down my headaches and migraines.

CHM 213 :


Chemical Equilibrium

Ionic Equilibrium

Liquid-Liquid System

Phase Equilibrium

Chemical Kinetics

Phase Equilibrium Diagrams

MIC 159 :

Microbial Nutrition & Culture (III)

Morphology & Cell Biology of Bacteria (II)

Morphology & Cell Biology of Bacteria

Microbial Nutrition & Culture

Introduction to MIC 159

Control of Microbial Growth

Microbial Nutrition & Culture (II)

History of Microbiology

Classification of Microorganisms

MIC 206 :

Fungi and other Organism (Mutualism)

Fungi and Other Organism (Human)

Fungi and Other Organism (Plant)

Industrial Mycology


Sporulation and Budding

Vegetative Growth


Fungal Cell

Classification of Fungi

Classification of Fungi (II)

ETR 300 :

Entrepreneurial Motivation & Competencies.

Creativity & Innovation.

Business Oppurtunities.

Business Entities & Formations.

Organizational Plan

Financial Plan.

Operation Plan

Marketing Plan

Business Plan.

Business Regulations and Support Systems.

Oh, one more thing : we seniors are not allowed to share our test papers with you juniors anymore.

But, judging by the position where we are at in terms of academic performance rank, I guess that you will be absolutely fine without them.

Fly Time.


Is it just me or time just seemed to fly really fast for final semester students?

Because believe it or not, the final examination is going to be just around the corner and yet there are so many things that have to be done in less than a month’s notice.

My final examination timetable has been uploaded into the UiTM Student Portal system today.

the last.. I hope?

Thank Allah that there are no papers scheduled during my birthday.

For my fellow readers who are going to face the same heat as me starting from 1st till 21st October, I really hope that these notes below can somehow help you in getting prepared for the upcoming final examination.

MIC 208 :


Isolation, Identification and Cultivation


Classification (III)

Other Infectious Agent and Plant Virus

CHM 260 :

Beer’s Lambert

Spectroscopy Methods

Introduction to Chromatographic Separations

Atomic Emission Spectrometry

Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy

IR Absorption Spectroscopy

UV-Visible Spectroscopy

MIC 120:

Cell Membrane

Cell Movement




Passive transport

Prokaryotic Cell

The Structure within Cytoplasm

Active Transport

Reproduction of Prokaryotic Cell

CSC 134:

Introduction to Computers

Application Software

System Software



Internet & Web


Information System

Computer Security & Safety, Ethics & Privacy

Communication & Network

System Unit

CHM 138:

Elements, Compounds, Chemical Equations & Calculations

Concepts of Acid-Base Neutralization

Units of Measurement

Structure of Atom

Periodic Table

Oxidation and Reduction Reactions

Introduction to Organic Chemistry

Chemical Bonds

So, I just want to wish you guys especially UiTM Negeri Sembilan Diploma in Microbiology the best of luck for this upcoming Final Examination, be well-equipped and remember to fight any battle as if it were your last.

Lots of love,

Your soon-to-be former Exco of Welfare.

Microbiology Association Students.

UiTM Negeri Sembilan.

Former Mr. President.


Being an Exco of Welfare for Microbiology Student Association in UiTM Kuala Pilah, Negeri Sembilan has definitely taught me a lot of things on how to work, persuade, interact and socialize with different types of people from various walks of life.

Hunting down our former first President of the club, Nik Masri has been the top priority in my list since I was first appointed for the position. And as to date, its been approximately almost six months since I started this mission of mine.

And trust me, I’m not hunting him down without any good reason.




Trying to not disappoint the high hopes that Naim, the current President of the club has for me, I texted Nik Masri to follow-up on his current actions regarding our problem today.

And this is pretty much what we talked about.

Me :Assalamualaikum, Encik Nik Masri. Maaf kerana ganggu.. tujuan saya msj awak ni sbb hal bkenaan bju korporat hrtu. Mcm awk ckp dlm msj yg lpas, awk janjikan y gawk akn suruh kwn awk byr ganti rugi pd kami sebelum msuk sem bru. Tp kami msih blum trima apa2 byran lg sehingga skrg..

Kami harap yg masalah ni dpt diselesaikan dgn kadar segera. Lembu dipegang pd talinya, manusia dipegang pd janjinya..

Jika perkara ini berlarutan, kami xkn tragak2 ntk mengambil tindakan undang2 trhadap saudara sekalian.

Harap maklum.

Nik Masri : Tulah kdg2 kefahaman tu jugak pnting jgk kn. Lg2 law stdnt microbe. Sy aritu ade ckp x sy janji. Rasanyer xde. Sy ckp sy akn try sdaye upaye sblum msuk sem. Tul x. the problem is kwn sy praktikal dan dia still xley bg lg duit tu. Dan sy nk dahulukn duit sy dlu pn sy xbyk duit. Awk sume jgn pkir sy ni jnis mkn duit org. sbb kalau sy nk da lame persatuan awk skrg nix de duit sbb dlu sy presiden dan sy berhak. Tp sy amanah. Dan sy nk gtaw awk, amanah tu jnji sy. Dan sy akn byr blik duit tu. Kalau sy ade duit, sy akn dahulukn. Awak jgn risaw.

Me : Dats why..sblum ltak jawatan, sila selesaikan smua kije dgn kadar segera. Kitorg pn bkn xd kije lain na msj awk.. thegeh2 na cri org yg da xd je.. so, awk pn tlgla faham. At least, update la ckit yg korg xle byar lg bulan ni or smetink.. bru la kitorg bule na consider ckit.

Jgn diam je.

Cuba kalau awk byar rm65 ntk smetink y gawk xpnah dpt..pas2 awk yg kna thegeh2 cri org y gawk bli brg tu.. pas2 org tu nak xnak buat xtau je..

 Kalau awk xd sekelumit pun rasa frustrated atau bengang, tahniah la..


Nik Masri : Tula. Sy rse awk pn bru dlm psatuan dan xtawkan. Law la sy still jd preseden mse tu sy da setelkan dlu da masalah ni. Xpela xsalah awk sbb xtaw pape. Dan 1 lg bnde ni berpunca dr sape tah yg kol sy bkali2 ckp nk amik bju tu rumah sewa sy tp xamik2. Mse tu bju still ade lg. tp xpela sy fhm ayt awk nk bg sy bengang. Tp jgn risaw sy xkn rase pape. Hahahaha. Sori la sebab gelak, but dun worry duit sy akn byr.

Me : T_T *krik krik*

This is some of the things that I will definitely remember and laugh at whenever I reminisce the good old times that I had when I served my time as the Exco of Welfare for Microbiology Students Association.

That’s pretty gutsy of you, Nik Masri.

Thanks for giving me something funny to remember you by.

Bundle of Notes.


The holidays are coming towards the end. At least for me as my next and last semester starts on the 11th of June which is due in the next few weeks.

Although I had a couple of things that I’ve been looking forward to do when I finally do step my foot at UiTM Kuala Pilah, I gotta admit that the idea of getting back to school after a long-needed break kinda sucks.

Which is pretty much an epidemic situations for students all over the world.

People might come up and tell me to take a chill pill as I would have plenty of time to savour my holidays before facing the new semester. Which is probably right if I didn’t have to go back to Kelantan and stick my ass there for maybe a week to attend Pak Deli and Ilah’s wedding.

I hate weddings during school breaks so much that I hope that my future wouldn’t mind us getting married in a simple ceremony during the working weekdays.

Before I end this post, here’s a couple of notes that I’ve compiled when I was in Semester 4.

BCM 211:

Introduction to Biochemistry



Nucleic Acid (1)

Nucleic Acid (2)

Protein and Amino Acid



MIC 204:

Introduction MIC204

Food Microbiology (Introduction)

Chapter 1 & 2

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Chapter 6

Chapter 7

Chapter 7 & 8

Chapter 8 & 9

Chapter 9

Chapter 10

Diagram 2

CHM 207:

Introduction to Organic Chemistry


Nomenclature of Alkanes Using IUPAC OR Systematic Names


Aromatic Compounds

Alkyl Halides

Hydroxyl Compounds

Carbonyl Compounds

Carboxyl Compounds


ECO 120 (Microeconomics):










MIC 10

MIC 11

MIC 12

MIC 13

MIC 14

ECO 120 (Macroeconomics):

Introduction to Economics

Economic Growth

Exchange Rate

Balance of Payment

International Trade

Inflation and Unemployment

Consumer Price Index

Monetary Economics

Determination of Equilibrium National Income

National Income Measurement

Public Finance

MIC 310:

Microbial Growth and Culture


Structure and Functions


Control of Gene Expression

Antimicrobial Drugs

Inhibitors of Cell Wall Synthesis

Solute Transport

Antifungal Drugs



This pretty much makes my day.


Its really funny in such an ironical way considering the fact that I got an average grade for my Virology lab reports which I always worked hard on but a really high one for my Microbial Physiology lab reports that sometimes I don’t really give a shit about.

Its even funnier when I came to think about all those students who eagerly did and passed their lab reports, but only managed to get lower marks than me.

I should really work hard and start counting my blessings, no?

Alhamdulillah.. thank you, Madam Iwana Izni binti Zainuddin. Thank you so much for being that light at the end of my tunnel.



Semester 1.

Semester 2.

Semester 3.

status : oleh kerana aku sudah bertukar menjadi seorang yang sangat pemalas untuk semester ini.. I got the feeling that I am going to need all the motivations that I can get to achieve what I want.

which is this.




and this is most probably the sexiest song that I’ve ever heard in my entire life.

AS 114 : Diploma in Microbiology.



This three-year programme covers the study of microorganisms and their importance to mankind and other life-forms. The areas of study include Mycology, Virology, Bacteriology, Food Microbiology, Biochemistry and other relevant subjects.


Career opportunities exist within government agencies as assistant science officers or assistant research officers. Graduates may be employed at the management and supervisory level in pharmaceutical, health care, food and biotechnological industry.


Graduates may pursue their studies at universities locally or abroad in related fields.


Fulfills the university entrance requirement of a pass in SPM or its equivalent that is recognized by the Malaysian Government with credits in the following subjects :

  • Mathematics/Additional Mathematics.
  • Chemistry.
  • Biology at least grade 5C.


  • Pass English Language.


  • Pass Pre-Diploma (Science) UiTM.

For a sneak peek of what subjects that UiTM Diploma in Microbiology students are currently taking as part of their course, click the link below to download

Pelan Pengajian Diploma Review AS114

For more informations and updates on this course, please go to Syarat Khas Program UiTM.



test hari ni senang. terima kasih, Miss Siti Mazleena Mohamad *saje letak nama penuh in case beliau usha blog aku.. hehe*. tak sampai satu jam, aku dah siap dan submit dengan penuh yakinnya.

sebelum hantar, sempat jugak aku check berkali-kali kertas aku. takut-takut ada yang tertinggal separuh jalan jawapan aku *aku memang suka buat karangan tergantung, kata cikgu karangan aku*.

tapi dah check banyak kali pun.. dah check ke belum pun boleh lupa kadang-kadang. tu laa.. banyak sangat makan semut!

setelah beberapa Y.E.S dengan semua jawapan yang diberi serta membetulkan apa yang dirasakan patut, aku pun terus mengemaskan barang lantas menghantar kertas peperiksaan ke depan sambil mengibas-ngibas selendang yang menutupi T-shirt aku seperti Demok, ikan laga aku..

like a boss.

sebelum keluar, sempat lagi aku mengintai di balik pintu.. kot-kot boleh main chak chak dengan cikgu kesayangan aku itu. tapi sayangnya, ada student lain tengah memadu kasih dengan beliau.

aku jealous. noktah.

pabila kaki sudah pun terjejak keluar dari Lecture Theater, baru aku perasan yang aku dah ter”cancel” jawapan yang betul dan replace dengan jawapan yang salah.

apa nak buat ni? nak patah balik dah tak boleh.. mesti la tak adil kan *aku pun yakin Miss akan mengharamkan tangan aku memegang kertas itu kembali setelah menjejak keluar*.

tapi takkan nak give up begitu sahaja *hanya Fida yang mampu ungkapkan ayat ini dengan penuh perasaan*. carrymark adalah aset penting yang dibawa bersama seorang student itu ke dalam kamar peperiksaan *bukan kamar asmara atau beradu ya? sila bersihkan karat di otak anda*

dan carrymark itu aku perlu untuk selamatkan aku. nampaknya aku kena la berusaha lebih untuk Final Exams dan kuiz minggu depan.

macam mana ni? dahla soalan senang macam gampang. sumpah aku tak tanya kawan aku yang dah amik exam apa yang masuk.. aku main study tutorial dengan Silberberg je.

kalau Miss tanda kertas aku, mesti dia gelak tengok jawapan dilema aku tu. dah bagi soalan senang pun tak boleh jawab! berangan ke apa time kelas ni?

fikir punya fikir, aku rasa ini cara yang paling terbaik aku boleh fikir untuk blackmail Miss, sekaligus dapatkan markah kesian dari cikgu kesayangan aku tu..

itu pun setelah aku korek-korek balik gambar IID aku masa semester lepas.. nasib baik ada satu je kan? hehe.. *gelak jahat*

aku tahu paling dan terbaik tak boleh gabung.. tapi nak hidup bhai.. apa nak buat?

harap-harap Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka tak hantar surat saman atas penggunaan tatabahasa yang salah. cukuplah dengan Pak Guard kat sini yang gila nak menyaman student.


cute, no?


aku tau.. perut Mr.Foo agak menyerlah disitu. tapi agak-agak Miss nak bagi tak aku A kesian?

aku masih tak dapat nak biasakan diri aku panggil lecturer kat sini dengan nama Miss atau Sir. faktor umur atau ego.. itu tak dapat aku pastikan.

tapi haruslah letak title Miss kan depan nama cikgu kesayangan aku tu? *kenyit mata* karang dia lempar kasut dia kat aku.

aku takut.