BB540: Microbial ecology and global biogeochemical cycles
04017701 (former UVA) is identical with this course description.
The course has limited seats and in case of too many applications, priority is given to the timely registration by date of registration.
The course has limited entry. The following criterias are taken into consideration when seats are assigned.
- Students with the most ECTS from their BSc. in Biology
- Other studentswith the most ECTS (enrolled in a programme in the subject area of Natural Sciences
The academic enviroments at The faculty of Science manages the prioritisation and at waiting list is established and will then be made aware from the faculty. The waiting list will not be transferred to the following year.
Students taking the course are expected to:
- Have knowledge of fundamental principles in microbiology and ecology.
- Be able to perform and analyse wet chemical and microbiological laboratory experiments.
- Have experience in scientific reporting in written and oral form.
- Be able to engage in scientific discussions
The aim of this course is to provide the student with a theoretically and experimentally founded understanding of microbial life and the structure and function of microbial communities, which will enable the student to analyse the role of microbes in ecological and biotechnological contexts.
The course builds on the knowledge acquired in the courses in microbiology and ecology (BB509, BB510), and gives an academic basis for further studies in aquatic ecology and related subjects.
In relation to the competence profile of the degree it is the explicit focus of the course to:
- provide competence to enter into academic collaborations and structure personal learning
- provide skills in conducting experimental investigations, acquire knowledge in an independent and efficient manner, critically evaluate biological theories and models, and express, evaluate and solve biological problems
- provide knowledge and understanding of scientific theories, experimental methods, and current research topics in biology, and how these are employed in biological discussions.
Expected learning outcome
- acquire knowledge from text books and primary litterature in the field
- describe and explain fundamental principles in microbial ecology and biogeochemistry
- perform experiments to analyse the structure and function of microbial communities
- interpret experimental results in a microbial ecological and biogeochemical context, evaluate associated uncertainties, and derive justified conclusions
- present the results and interpretations in a clear and concise manner, orally as well as in writing.
- Being small – physical and biochemical consequences of microbial cell sizes
- Microbial taxis and quorum sensing
- Microbial energetics
- Microbial food webs - trophic interactions in microbial communities
- The roles of microbes in element cycling
- Biotechnological aspects of microbial metabolisms
Exam element a)
|Prerequisites for participating in the exam a)
|N100015101, BB540: Microbial ecology and global biogeochemical cycles
Prerequisites for participating in the exam a)
Participation in theoretical and laboratory exercises
The prerequisite examination is a prerequisite for participation in exam element a).
Indicative number of lessons
|Donald Eugene Canfield
|Ronnie N. Glud