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Year of entry: 2024
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Course unit details:
Current Topics in Microbiology (E)
|Available as a free choice unit?
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.
|Fundamentals of Bacteriology
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)
Written assignments (80%):
To complete two ‘News & Views’ style written assignments (open book) on subjects covered in the lectures (2x 40% each)
Oral assessment/video presentation (20%):
Record a 5 minute video on a Current Microbiology topic
Individual feedback will be given on the 5 min recoded talk.
Written individual feedback will be provided for the two ‘News & Views’ style assignments.
Primary papers and review articles selected by lecturers teaching on the unit
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