Microbiology - BIO00010C

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  • Department: Biology
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Daniela Barilla
  • Credit value: 10 credits
  • Credit level: C
  • Academic year of delivery: 2016-17

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Autumn Term 2016-17

Module aims

This module examines the cell biology of microorganisms. The student is introduced to the diverse world of microorganisms, including bacteria, viruses, algae, fungi and protozoa, with particular reference to the relationships between structure and functions.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of the module, students will be able to:

  • Describe the specialised molecular structures found in different microorganisms including prokaryotes (bacteria and archaea), viruses and single cell eukaryotes (algae, fungi and protozoa) and correlate the structures to their function
  • Describe microorganisms as agents of disease and the molecular mechanisms responsible for different pathologies
  • Recall the practical applications of microorganisms in the production of chemicals such as antibiotics and high value metabolites
  • Use aseptic techniques and perform a number of assays aimed at identifying different bacterial species

Assessment

Task Length % of module mark
University - closed examination
Microbiology
1.5 hours 100

Special assessment rules

None

Reassessment

Task Length % of module mark
University - closed examination
Microbiology
1.5 hours 100

Module feedback

Feedback on your progress is important to your learning process and we return all first and second year work to you after marking for feedback purposes via Biology Student Services in week 9 or 10 of the spring and summer terms. You will be notified by e-mail when your work is ready for collection.

Module marks are made available to both you and your supervisor via your eVision account as soon as the marks are available, by week 6 of the spring term and week 8 of the summer term. You are expected to discuss your performance and progress with your supervisor in your mid-spring term and end of summer term supervisory meetings.

A histogram of all module marks is produced and posted on the examinations notice board outside Biology Student Services.

Specimen answers are posted on the web: by comparing the specimen answers with your own, you should obtain a clear idea of what was expected of you. For each module the markers will also give general feedback on how well the questions were answered and point out any standard errors that students may have made.

Indicative reading

These are available in EARLwhich is accessible through the VLE module site.



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