The Microbial World - BIOS5480

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2022 to 2023
Canterbury
Spring Term 5 15 (7.5) Alessia Buscaino checkmark-circle

Overview

The module deals with the molecular mechanisms underlying the ecological, medical, scientific and commercial importance of microorganisms (including prokaryotic and eukaryotic microorganisms). This involves descriptions of how microbial genetic information is stored in DNA, how that information is decoded by the cell and how this flow of information is controlled in response to changes in environment. The Module also discusses microbial interaction with humans and the environment. Throughout the module, the mechanisms in prokaryotes and eukaryotes will be compared and contrasted and will touch on the latest tool development in microbiology.

Details

Contact hours

Private Study: 28
Contact Hours: 122
Total: 150

Method of assessment

• Assessed Practical – Data Analysis and Write-up (2,000 words) – 40%
• Examination (2 hours) – 60%

Indicative reading

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Learning outcomes

1. Demonstrate knowledge and critical understanding of the ecological, economic and scientific importance of microorganisms.
2. Demonstrate knowledge and critical understanding of the evolution, taxonomy and biodiversity of microorganisms.
3. Demonstrate knowledge and critical understanding of the structural and metabolic diversity of microorganisms.
4 . Demonstrate knowledge and critical understanding of the synthesis and assembly of macromolecular structures of microorganisms.

Notes

  1. Credit level 5. Intermediate level module usually taken in Stage 2 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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