BIO2017 : Microbiology 2
- Offered for Year: 2017/18
- Module Leader(s): Dr Maria Del Carmen Montero-Calasanz
- Lecturer: Dr James Stach, Professor John Bythell, Dr Alison Graham, Dr Ethan Hack
- Owning School: Natural and Environmental Sciences
- Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
|Semester 2 Credit Value:||10|
To build on the basic concepts of microbiology introduced in BIO1004 (Microbiology 1).
To introduce and develop an appreciation of prokaryote and eukaryote microbial evolution and diversity.
To develop an understanding of the diverse roles that micro-organisms play in the natural world and how they help maintain ecosystem function.
To explain how micro-organisms impinge upon mankind both in positive and negative ways.
To introduce and give first hand laboratory experience in isolating and handling microbes and exploring their biological function.
Outline Of Syllabus
All life on this planet is dependent upon microbial life. You will be introduced to the fantastic diversity of microbial life and its place in the tree of life. The second part of the module will explain some of the key roles microbes play in the environment, including their ability to cope with extreme environments, their role in global nutrient cycling and nitrogen fixation and their symbiotic (both mutually beneficial and antagonistic) interactions with plants and animals (Rhizobium with roots, mycorrhizal fungi, plant and animal pathogens etc.). Examples of some the impacts microbes have had on mankind and the environment will include the role microbes play in human health, the role of microbes in biofilm formation, and how to prevent microbial spoilage of food.
Lecture 1 Introduction and bacterial diversity
Lecture 2 Human Microbiology
Lecture 3 Extremophiles
Lecture 4 Microbial Earth
Lecture 5 Microbial Symbioses 1
Lecture 6 Microbial Symbioses 2
Lecture 7 Fungal Diversity
Lecture 8 Microbial Plant Pathogens 1
Lecture 9 Microbial Plant Pathogens 2
Lecture 10 Microbial-plant Interactions 1
Lecture 11 Microbial-plant Interactions 2
Lecture 12 Microbial-plant Interactions 3
Lecture 13 Biofilms 1
Lecture 14 Biofilms 2
Lecture 15 Viruses
Lecture 16 Q&A
3 Microbial ecology: Isolation techniques, assessing diversity and comparing microbial populations from different agricultural soil.
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||1:30||1:30||Final exam|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||16||0:30||8:00||Revision for final exam|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||9||1:00||9:00||N/A|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||16||1:00||16:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||18:30||18:30||Study of lectures, ReCap, Blackboard etc.|
|Guided Independent Study||Directed research and reading||16||1:00||16:00||Completion of post-lecture directed reading|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Practical||3||3:00||9:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Skills practice||2||1:00||2:00||Calculations homework|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||20||1:00||20:00||Includes 2hrs group work|
Teaching Rationale And Relationship
The lecture series will provide the necessary information to understand the diversity and importance of microbial life. Students will be encouraged to supplement this information with knowledge gained from WEB based information sources (Tree of Life website).
The practicals will give the students hands on experience at setting up isolation protocols and then isolating and exploring activities of microbes from suitable ecosystems. This should give them first hand appreciation of the diversity and importance of microbial life. They will work in small teams and acquire team work and organisational skills.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Practical/lab report||2||M||20||Practical worksheet|
|Practical/lab report||2||M||15||Practical report|
Assessment Rationale And Relationship
The factual information provided in lectures will be assessed by written examination. The use of MCQ’s etc. will test knowledge acquisition and short answer questions will test breadth of knowledge of the factual information given. The two extended answer questions will in addition, test the ability of students to organise and synthesize factual information into a concise written account.
The laboratory exercise will be assessed through the submission of written laboratory reports. There will be some formative student peer assessment of microbiology skills acquired during practical sessions.