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C41105 Microbiology
(Last Updated:03 May 2017)

Year  11/12

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.

Taught Semesters:

Autumn Assessed by end of Autumn Semester 

Prerequisites: A-level Biology; Chemistry or equivalent (Access, BTEC National Diploma/Certificate) preferred.

Corequisites:  None.

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. Module Web Links:
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  • Method and Frequency of Class:

    ActivityNumber Of WeeksNumber of sessionsDuration of a session
    Lecture 11 weeks1 per week2 hours
    Lecture 11 weeks1 per week1 hour
    Practical 4 weeks1 per week3 hours

    Activities may take place every teaching week of the Semester or only in specified weeks. It is usually specified above if an activity only takes place in some weeks of a Semester

    Further Activity Details:
    Three lectures per week.

    Method of Assessment: 

    Assessment TypeWeightRequirements
    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:  Life Sciences

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