Microbes have been living on Earth for a long time and they have influenced the planet during that time. The evolution of microorganisms will be discussed and how they converted Earth into a, for humans, habitable planet. Basic information on microorganisms will be presented as well as their role in health and disease. Modern methods will be discussed and how we can now study the microbiome that is all around us. The lectures will be supported by modern scientific papers and will be as much as possible research-led. There will also be a laboratory part where basic microbiological techniques will be taught.
Demonstrate an appreciation of the importance and diversity of micro-organisms in the environment and to humans, including their economic impact.
Demonstrate understanding of classification schemes applied to microorganisms, including those based on molecular criteria.
Demonstrate familiarity with the principal features of bacterial cells, particularly those features which differ from eukaryotic cells, including genetic information and its transfer.
Know how to study and cultivate micro-organisms.
Demonstrate an ability to handle microorganisms safely in the laboratory.
Demonstrate competent use of the light microscope.
Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of microbiology.
Demonstrate knowledge of essential facts and theory in a subdiscipline of the biosciences.
Begin to evaluate aspects of the biosciences with reference to textbooks.
With some guidance, deploy established techniques of analysis, practical investigation, and inquiry within the biosciences.
Personal and key skills
Work with others safely in a practical laboratory environment.
With some guidance, begin to develop the skills for independent study.
With some guidance, select and properly manage information drawn from books, scientific publications, and the internet.
With guidance, learn how to write a scientific text.
Required prerequisite knowledge
BIO100 Cell Biology, BIO200 Biochemistry
Written exam and written assignment linked to the lab work
Form of assessment
Written assignment linked to the lab work
In order to pass the course, both components (exam and written lab assignment) need to be passed.No resit is offered for the laboratory exercises. If a students wishes to redo the lab, this can be done next time the course is taught.
Mandatory labs are to be completed at the times and in the groups that are assigned and published. Valid absence due to illness or other reasons must be communicated as soon as possible to teaching staff. In cases of valid absence, it may be possible to complete the lab at other times, where agreed upon with the teaching staff. This is not an entitlement.
There must be an early dialogue between the course coordinator, the student representative and the students. The purpose is feedback from the students for changes and adjustments in the course for the current semester.In addition, a digital course evaluation must be carried out at least every three years. Its purpose is to gather the students experiences with the course.