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Microbiology - BIO00010C

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  • Department: Biology
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Adrian Harrison
  • Credit value: 10 credits
  • Credit level: C
  • Academic year of delivery: 2022-23
    • See module specification for other years: 2021-22

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching period
A Autumn Term 2022-23

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


Task Length % of module mark
Online Exam -less than 24hrs (Centrally scheduled)
6 hours 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Online Exam -less than 24hrs (Centrally scheduled)
6 hours 100

Module feedback

Cohort-level feedback will be provided on performance in closed exams and made available via the VLE. Histograms of module marks will be posted on the notice boards outside the Biology Student Services office. Individual marks will be made available to you and your supervisor via e:vision. Exam scripts will be made available at the end of either the Spring or Summer terms. You should take the opportunity to discuss your marks and feedback with your supervisor.

During the teaching of the module you will receive feedback that may be at a whole class or individual level. Forms of feedback may include: model answers and discussion of workshop questions, summaries of performance in practicals, VLE-based quizzes, individual spoken comments during workshops, individual written comments on formative work.  

Indicative reading

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