BB509: Microbiology

Study Board of Science

Teaching language: Danish or English depending on the teacher
EKA: N100038112, N100038122, N100038102
Assessment: Second examiner: None, Second examiner: External
Grading: Pass/Fail, 7-point grading scale
Offered in: Odense
Offered in: Spring
Level: Bachelor

STADS ID (UVA): N100038101
ECTS value: 5

Date of Approval: 13-10-2022


Duration: 1 semester

Version: Approved - active

Comment

This course is part of the compulsory program in Biology.

Entry requirements

The course cannot be taken by students from pharmacy and BMB.

Academic preconditions

It is required that the content of the course BB537, BB539 and KE535 is known.

Course introduction

The aim of the course is to enable the student to understand microbial systematics, cell structure, physiology and evolution, which is important in regard to understand the importance and impact microbes have on Earth.
The course builds on the knowledge acquired in the courses BB537, BB539 and BB537, BB539 and KE535, and gives an academic basis for studying the topics environmental microbiology, ecology, biogeochemistry, that are part of the degree.

In relation to the competence profile of the degree it is the explicit focus of the course to:
  • Give competence to engage in collaborations and structure their own learning
  • Give skills to conduct experimental investigations, critically reflect on and formulate biological questions, evaluate and solve biological problems.
  • Give knowledge and reflective understanding of biology scientific theory, the experimental methods and safety of these, about current research topics and on their use in the discussion of biological problems

Expected learning outcome

The learning objective of the course is that the student demonstrates the ability to:
  • Discuss current theories about the origin of life, microbial evolution and systematics
  • Describe the structure of a prokaryotic cell and list the structural and functional differences between Bacteria and Archaea
  • Apply
    and explain standard methods for enumeration, isolation, identification
    and cultivation of prokaryotes and report the results in a
    scientifically acceptable form
  • Make simple calculations of
    microbial growth kinetics in batch and continuous culture and describe
    how microbial growth can be controlled
  • Describe the different modes of energy metabolisms used by microbes
  • Describe beneficial and harmful interactions between microbes and eukaryotes (e.g. humans)
  • Discuss the role of microbes in natural ecosystems with emphasis on biodegradation of organic material and biogeochemical cycles

Content

The following main topics are contained in the course:
  • History of microbiology
  • Microbial diversity and evolution
  • Structure of the bacterial cell
  • Bacterial metabolism
  • Bacterial genetics and genomics
  • Microbial growth kinetics in batch and continuous culture
  • Physical and chemical limits to microbial growth
  • Interactions between microbes and humans, including infectious disease
  • The role of microbes in biogeochemical cycles
  • Laboratory methods for the investigation of microbes

Literature

Brock, Biology of Microorganisms, Global Edition
See Itslearning for Syllabus lists and further literature references.

Examination regulations

Prerequisites for participating in the exam a)

Timing

Spring

Tests

Initial tests, laboratory exercises and excursions

EKA

N100038112

Assessment

Second examiner: None

Grading

Pass/Fail

Identification

Full name and SDU username

Language

Normally, the same as teaching language

Examination aids

To be announced during the course

ECTS value

0

Additional information

Passing the initial tests and participating in all laboratory work and excursions
The prerequisite examination is a prerequisite for participation in exam element a)

Exam element a)

Timing

Spring

Prerequisites

Type Prerequisite name Prerequisite course
Examination part Prerequisites for participating in the exam a) N100038101, BB509: Microbiology

Tests

Approval of laboratory report

EKA

N100038122

Assessment

Second examiner: None

Grading

Pass/Fail

Identification

Full name and SDU username

Language

Normally, the same as teaching language

Examination aids

To be announced during the course

ECTS value

1

Exam element b)

Timing

June

Tests

Oral exam

EKA

N100038102

Assessment

Second examiner: External

Grading

7-point grading scale

Identification

Student Identification Card

Language

Normally, the same as teaching language

Examination aids

No aids permitted

ECTS value

4

Additional information

In  the case og few students, reexamination can be run online or with co-examiner participating online.

Indicative number of lessons

46 hours per semester

Teaching Method

In science, the teaching is organized according to the three-phase model, ie. intro, the training and study phase.
These teaching activities result in an estimated indicative distribution of the work effort of an average student in the following way:

  • Intro phase (lectures) - Number of hours: 20
  • Training phase: Number of hours: 26

The introduction to the topics will be performed with lectures that are encouraging active student participation. Intention of the seminars is to link theory and the practicals by preparing the students for the laboratory exercises as well as analyze results from them.

Commencement of the laboratory exercises will be with an excursion where samples will be collected that later will be continued working with in the practicals. This will demonstrate how microbiological processes can be applied and help showing the relevance of the methods and topics taught. In order to provide the students with an overview, reports will be written that include both the theory and the results and analyses of the laboratory exercises.

Activities in the study phase:

  • recapture topics from the lectures, seminars
  • write a report
  • complete two cases in a laboratory simulation program

Teacher responsible

Name E-mail Department
Alexander Henning Treusch atreusch@biology.sdu.dk Nordcee

Additional teachers

Name E-mail Department City
Beate Kraft bkraft@biology.sdu.dk Nordcee

Timetable

Administrative Unit

Biologisk Institut

Team at Educational Law & Registration

NAT

Offered in

Odense

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