BSc Microbiology / Course details
Year of entry: 2022
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Course unit details:
Current Topics in Microbiology (E)
|Unit level||Level 3|
|Teaching period(s)||Semester 1|
|Offered by||School of Biological Sciences|
|Available as a free choice unit?||No|
You will study some of the most recent advances in Microbiology including in the areas of evolutionary microbiology, antimicrobial resistance, microbial pathogenesis, synthetic/systems biology, microbiomes, CRISPR-Cas, and microbial genomics.
|Unit title||Unit code||Requirement type||Description|
|Fundamentals of Bacteriology||BIOL21181||Pre-Requisite||Recommended|
To provide students with an insight into some of the most recent advances in Microbiology.
At the end of the course students will have an appreciation of;
- Evolutionary microbiology
- Antimicrobial resistance
- Mechanisms of microbial pathogenesis
- Genetic engineering of microbes for synthetic/systems biology applications
- Microbiome ecology and its effects on health and disease
- Horizontal gene transfer and genome evolution
The syllabus will be based around 5 main themes; evolutionary microbiology, antimicrobial resistance, microbial pathogenesis, genetic engineering for synthetic/systems biology applications, microbiomes, and microbial genomics.
- Opportunity to deliver talks with a creative use of visual aids and verbal communication.
- Oral communication
- Students will record a 5 minute video on a suggested topic related to the course.
- Students will be taught from recent research articles and reviews and will have to research the topic and extract the most pertinent details for their 5 minute talk and for the written assessment.
|Written assignment (inc essay)||80%|
Written assignment (80%):
To complete two written (1,000 word plus a figure) ‘News & Views’ style assignments (open book) on subjects covered in the lectures (40% each)
To write a 250 word ‘Nature-style’ structured abstract for a paper related to the course content (10%)
Oral assessment/presentation (10%):
Record a 5 minute video on a Current Microbiology topic
Individual feedback will be given on the 5 min recorded talk
Written individual feedback will be provided for the abstract during the course.
Written individual feedback will be provided for the ‘News & Views’ style assignments at the end of the course.
Primary papers and review articles selected by lecturers teaching on the unit
|Scheduled activity hours|
|Assessment practical exam||1|
|Independent study hours|
|Michael Brockhurst||Unit coordinator|