BIO2017 : Microbiology 2
- Offered for Year: 2018/19
- 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 contribute to the preparation of future professional in the field of Biology providing fundamental skills related to microbiology and allowing students evaluate its importance in the natural world as well as its biotechnological potential.
Outline Of Syllabus
Lectures and practicals will cover the following topics:
• Microbial systematics
• Human microbiology
• Microbial interactions
• Microbial Earth
• Industrial microbiology
The practical classes will encourage the application of theory into practise by providing the opportunity to practise previous training regarding growth, counting and observation of microorganisms and to study and manage beneficial plant-microbes interactions.
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||1:30||1:30||Exam|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||4||0:30||2:00||Routine practical follow up to identify areas requiring further, more detailed study|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||13||1:00||13:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||20:00||20:00||Lab Report|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||13||0:30||6:30||Revision for Examination|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Practical||4||3:00||12:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Directed research and reading||1||6:00||6:00||Completion of pre lecture directed reading and other activities|
|Guided Independent Study||Directed research and reading||13||1:00||13:00||Completion of post lecture directed reading and other activities|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||1||13:00||13:00||Student selected study of lectures, Recap, blackboard, websites etc to enhance understanding|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||13||1:00||13:00||Routine lecture follow up to identify areas requiring further, more detailed study|
Teaching Rationale And Relationship
Considering Newcastle University Graduate Skills Framework and the Bloom’s taxonomy, eleven intended learning outcomes distributed between intended knowledge outcomes and intended skills outcomes have been raised. Significant intended learning outcomes firstly drive into the acquisition of knowledge, comprehension and application in the field of Microbiology (low levels of thinking) to later move up into the higher order of thinking as established for graduates.
Apart from those related to cognitive domain, others involve the development of the psychomotor domain which is considered fundamental in areas such as Microbiology, non-subject specific skills, and others concerning the affective domain which are equally important in a Higher Education context and could constitute important transferable skills applicable to other subjects in the degree and the future student career are also considered.
In order to get an effective science-learning environment, learning outcomes, assessment methods and teaching activities have been alignment. Mapping of learning outcomes to assessment methods and teaching activities (Table 1) was used to validate the proposed assessment and teaching plan regarding learning outcomes.
The learning activities are primary focused on lectures and practical sessions but other student-led activities such as self-study and ReCaps revisions are also considered. Intended knowledge and skills will be mainly acquired in lectures and practical sessions but also working on pre-lecture tasks and by independent study.
Lectures will alternate factual information with active teaching activities such as interactives demonstrations, virtual labs, short quiz, class discussions, role games, problems, case studies, etc. in order to promote the students’ engagement but also to stimulate their thinking as biologists/researchers. Their format will vary depending on the lecture content and the lecturer.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Practical/lab report||2||M||40||Practical worksheet|
Assessment Rationale And Relationship
Intended learning outcomes related to the acquisition and integration of knowledge will be mainly assessed by a written examination including multiple choice questions (MCQs), short answer questions and a written essay but also formatively by the use of Audience Response Systems (ARS) during lectures and pre-lecture tasks.
Other learning outcomes related to higher level of thinking such as “assessing social and ethical problems originated by microbiological application” or “developing of critical and self-critical thinking” will be fundamentally assessed by the lab reports, although it is also expected by short answer questions, the written essay and formatively by the use of ARS and pre-lecture tasks.
Outcomes concerning psychomotor and affective domain as well as non-subject specific skills will be assessed during practical sessions by formative peer assessment.