Microbial Physiology and Genetics - BIOS6280

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Module delivery information

This module is not currently running in 2024 to 2025.


This module will cover the following:
• Outline of microbial physiology and genetics
• Microbial metabolism and homeostasis
• Control of microbial physiology through gene expression regulation – Transcriptional and post-transcriptional regulation of gene expression
• Experimental approaches used to study microbial genomes and gene expression
• Microbial biodiversity and complex signalling in the environment


Contact hours

Total Contact Hours: 30
Total Private Study Hours: 120
Total Study Hours: 150

Method of assessment

Practical Assessment (10 questions) – 40%
Examination (2 hours) – 60%

Indicative reading

Milo, R. and Phillips, R. (2015). Cell Biology by the Numbers (First Edition). New York: Garland Science (Taylor & Francis Group).
Slonczewski J. and Foster J. (2020). Microbiology an Evolving Science. (Fifth Edition). New York and London: 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:
Demonstrate comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the structural and metabolic diversity of microorganisms.
Demonstrate critical understanding of genetic and physiological regulation in microorganisms.
Demonstrate thorough knowledge and understanding of the experimental approaches used to investigate physiological and genetic control in microorganisms.
Demonstrate the ability to work individually to solve biological problems.

The intended generic learning outcomes. On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
Demonstrate effective communication skills in a variety of ways.
Analyse and evaluate complex experimental data confidently.


  1. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  2. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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