Total Credits: 10
Level: Level 1
Target Students: Compulsory for students registered for C100/C101 Biology; C300/C301 Zoology; C400/C401 Genetics + C410/C420 Human Genetics but not restricted to them. Available to JYA/Erasmus students.
This Module has been identified as being particularly suitable for first year students, including those from other Schools.
|Autumn||Assessed by end of Autumn Semester|
Prerequisites: A-level Biology; Chemistry or equivalent (Access, BTEC National Diploma/Certificate) preferred.
Summary of Content: This module describes the basic biology and genetics of micro-organisms, their impact on human health and the environment and their use in biotechnology. It introduces microbial culturing and identification methods, reviews microbial diversity and interactions, details microbial structures, cellular organisation and some biochemistry, genetics and physiology. Examples of the use of micro-organisms in biotechnology are also given. This module introduces microbiology to students who may go on to study it further or to apply the biology, biochemistry or genetics of micro-organisms in technologies. It can also be a stand-alone subsidiary module for other science students who wish to learn about micro-organisms.
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Method and Frequency of Class:
|Activity||Number Of Weeks||Number of sessions||Duration of a session|
|Lecture||11 weeks||1 per week||2 hours|
|Lecture||11 weeks||1 per week||1 hour|
|Practical||4 weeks||1 per week||3 hours|
Method of Assessment:
|Exam 1||65||One and a Half Hour multiple-choice exam|
|Coursework 1||35||Practical test from lab report writing|
Professor R Sockett
Education Aims: To present an introduction to microbiology. Students completing this course should be familiar with pedigree analysis and have an in depth understanding of the principles involved in gene identification. They should also appreciate the application of cytogenetic and molecular genetic approaches to a clinical service.
Learning Outcomes: Note taking, learning an investigative approach to scientific literature, using web-based video clips for private study.
Offering School: Biology
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