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Module Code: BIO106
Module Title: The Biology of Microbes
Module Level: Level 1
Module Credits: 2.50
Academic Year: 2020/21
Semester: SEM2
Originating Department: Biological Sciences
Pre-requisites: N/A
Bacteria are by far the majority of life-forms on this planet. This module is designed as an introduction to the diverse and unique activities of microorganisms, both bacterial and fungal. It will cover aspects of microbial physiology, biotechnology and ecology and form a basis for more detailed study in future years.

The module has no prerequisites and is aimed at potential microbiologists, biochemists, geneticists and all those students with a general interest in biological sciences.
Learning outcomes 
After successfully completing this module students should understand the:

1 Basic biochemistry and physiology of microbes

2 Theory underlying methodology used in microbiology

3 Roles that microbes play in nutrient and biomass recycling

4 Importance of microbes to human life through examples drawn from food security, water treatment and materials sciences.

5 They will also develop skills in applying, evaluating and interpreting knowledge to solve problems in the biological sciences.

Method of teaching and learning 
The course content will be delivered primarily via standard lectures, that will be accompanied by suitable lecture handouts (also available on ICE). Students will also be guided to sections of specific textbooks and if reading of specific reviews or source literature is required then copies of these will be made available to students.
1). Introduction to bacteria and fungi,Managing the Economic Context

2). Interactions of bacteria with their environments,

3). The bacterial growth-division cycle; End points of growth and bacterial differentiation,

4). Bacterial life in extreme environments; Molecular responses of bacteria to environmental change.

5) Methodological advances in Microbiology (or Microbial Ecology),

6). Microorganisms and biogeochemical cycles. Nitrogen, Phosphorous, Sulphur and Carbon cycles.
7). Biodegradation processes. The principles that govern biodegradation by communities of microorganisms. Composting, humification and anaerobic processes.

8) Depolymerization and detoxification. From natural substrates to xenobiotics - hydrolysis and oxidation.

9) Fungi; molecular response to environmental change; Fungal symbiosis; Crops and fungal pathogens; Fungicides

10) Biodeterioration: Destruction of materials by microbes. Wood, crops, animal products, plastics, fuels, metal and stone are all susceptible to microbial attack.

11) Impact of microbes on human activities. Sewage and wastewater treatment; Drinking water purification, Waterborne diseases,

12) Microbiology of food - friends and foes; Factors that influence microbial colonization of foodstuffs; Food preservation methods; Food decomposition, Food poisoning and Foodborne diseases; Role of microbes in fermented foods.
Delivery Hours  
Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab/Prcaticals Fieldwork / Placement Other(Private study) Total
Hours/Semester 26     13      36  75 


Sequence Method % of Final Mark
1 Continuous Assessment 30.00
2 Final Exam 70.00

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