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.
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.
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.