AP0413 - Introduction to the Microbial World

What will I learn on this module?

You will learn about the range of micro-organisms which will include; bacteria, fungi, yeasts, viruses and single-celled organisms that inhabit the earth. You will learn about the importance of bacteria, fungi, yeasts and viruses with respect to biotechnology and the bioinformatic approaches that are used to investigate the diverse habitats they inhabit. You will also learn about the principles of taxonomy and systematics which provide the basis for the classification bacteria, fungi, yeasts, viruses and single-celled organisms into hierarchical groupings.
Underpinning theoretical concepts and principles will be covered in a lecture course that will be informed, illustrated and applied through a strong practical element. You will be trained in basic techniques of bacteriology and virology involving the selective isolation and identification.

How will I learn on this module?

You will learn through lectures, laboratory practical sessions. The lectures will cover the theories and the concepts that will enable you to tackle a series of guided practical sessions that will also be drawn from current research. You will work on these during hands-on sessions in the biological laboratories, which are fully equipped with the latest equipment.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

You will be given lecture materials and directed reading to inform both self-directed learning and in-class activities. Support will include feedback from tutors throughout the taught material, and hands-on practical sessions.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
1. You will be expected to understand how taxonomic methods were originally developed and how methods have evolved.
2. You will be able to understand the difference between bacteria, fungi, yeasts, viruses and single-celled organisms
Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
3. You will be able to use a range of techniques to isolate bacteria, fungi, yeasts and viruses and identify them
Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed by online assessment composed of multiple choice questions and short answer questions which will assess your insight in biodiversity of bacteria, fungi, yeasts, viruses and single-celled organisms. On an on-going basis your tutors will give feedback on the exercises and you will record and track your progress through workbooks that accompanies the module (all module learning outcomes assessed).

Pre-requisite(s)

None

Co-requisite(s)

None

Module abstract

‘Introduction to the microbial world’ will focus on the diversity of bacteria, fungi, yeasts, viruses and single-celled organisms, as well as the habitats the bacteria, fungi, yeasts and viruses are found and their interactions within those habitats. We have designed the module so that the theoretical concepts and principles you will learn during the lecture course will then inform the strong practical element, where you will be trained in basic techniques in bacteriology and virology involving the selective isolation

Course info

UCAS Code C100

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department Applied Sciences

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2022

Fee Information

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