Microbial Physiology and Genetics II - BI628

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2020 to 2021
(version 2)
Autumn 6 15 (7.5) DR S Moore checkmark-circle


A synopsis of the curriculum
1. Outline of microbial physiology and genetics part II
2. Microbial taxonomy and phylogenetics
3. Microbial homeostasis - regulation of primary and secondary metabolism
4. Genomic regulation - Transcriptional and post-transcriptional regulation of gene expression
5. Experimental approaches used to study microbial physiology, microbial genomes and gene expression
6. Microbial biochemistry
7. Microbial biodiversity and complex signalling in the environment
8. Application of microbes in biotechnology

Practical on bacterial transcriptional regulation using gene-expression reporter fusions
Group presentation of a research paper relating to topic areas on "Microbial biodiversity at the physiological and biochemical level".


This module appears in the following module collections.

Contact hours

Total contact hours: 33
Private study hours: 117
Total study hours: 150

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods
Practical (20%) 1000 word limit
Presentation (20%) 15 minute group presentation
Exam, 2 hr (60%)

Reassessment methods

Indicative reading

• Slonczewski J. and Foster J. Microbiology an Evolving Science. Third Edition. W.W. Norton & Co

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
Have a knowledge and understanding of:

• The structural and metabolic diversity of microorganisms.
• Genetic and physiological regulation in microorganisms.
• Experimental approaches used to investigate physiological and genetic control in microorganisms.

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
Have a knowledge and understanding of:

• Written communication.
• The ability to generate, analyse and report experimental data.
• The ability to work collectively to analyse and present orally data reported in the scientific literature.


  1. Credit level 6. Higher level module usually taken in Stage 3 of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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