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Module

MMB8016 : Molecular Microbiology

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Waldemar Vollmer
  • Lecturer: Dr Kevin Waldron, Professor Nikolay Zenkin, Dr Henrik Strahl von Schulten, Professor Heath Murray, Dr Seamus Holden, Professor Jeff Errington, Dr Richard Daniel, Professor Brendan Kenny, Professor Anil Wipat
  • Owning School: FMS Graduate School
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

The aim of this module is to provide an up to date understanding of how the use of model organisms representative of the diversity of the bacterial sub-kingdom are helping to elucidate central biological questions, such as the control and regulation of cell division and of gene expression. The module will comprise a series of lectures and seminars that discuss novel concepts within the field of molecular microbiology.

Outline Of Syllabus

Each interactive seminar will comprise a two-hour session

1. Module Introduction and seminar; Bacterial cell wall synthesis
2. Bacterial cell wall architecture and coordination mechanisms
3. The bacterial cell wall - and life without it
4. Bacterial cell division; protein localisation tolerance
5. Control of DNA replication in bacteria
6. Mechanistic aspects of transcription
7. Bacterial mechanisms of cellular metal homeostasis
8. Bacterial pathogenesis
9. Bioinformatics and Bacteria

Teaching Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion144:0044:00Preparation and Submission of 3000 word Essay
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion132:0032:00Preparation of Presentation
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials12:002:00Non-synchronous online
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching72:0014:00Synchronous online
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching12:002:00Present in person: module introduction and seminar
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching23:006:00Present in person: presentations
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1100:00100:00Preparation of Notes from Lectures and Reading
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Small group teaching will be interactive encouraging students to question concepts and ideas and to develop critical analytical skills when interrogating the wider literature. There will be an opportunity in seminars to discuss the contents of the module in a wider context including questions around specific ideas arising from self directed study.

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written exercise1M50Written critique: 3000 words
Prof skill assessmnt1M5020 minute Oral presentation
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The assessments methods are designed to encourage and test key skills that are required for a career in postgraduate research. Specifically:

The interpretation of the content of a research paper is to assess the student’s knowledge of the subject and their analytical skills and capacity to evaluate experimental data and to understand how bacteria underpin research in molecular microbiology.

The oral presentation is to assess the student’s ability to communicate their ideas clearly, effectively and authoritatively on the subject to an informed audience. Oral presentation also assesses the student’s ability to adapt to and answer questions.

Reading Lists

Timetable