BB540: Microbial ecology and global biogeochemical cycles

Study Board of Science

Teaching language: Danish or English depending on the teacher, but English if international students are enrolled
EKA: N100015102, N100015112
Censorship: Second examiner: Internal, Second examiner: None
Grading: 7-point grading scale, Pass/Fail
Offered in: Odense
Offered in: Autumn
Level: Bachelor

STADS ID (UVA): N100015101
ECTS value: 10

Date of Approval: 25-04-2019


Duration: 1 semester

Version: Approved - active

Comment

04017701 (former UVA) is identical with this course description. 

Limited seats

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.

  1. Students with the most ECTS from their BSc. in Biology
  2. 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.

Entry requirements

None

Academic preconditions

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

Participant limit

25

Course introduction

Microorganisms play pivotal roles in the biogeochemistry of the earth, performing a range of unique processes that are essential for the maintenance of a habitable planet. Microbes have been the dominating life form through most of earth’s history and have contributed decisively to the chemical evolution of the biosphere. Their functional diversity also represents an important resource for biotechnological applications in the widest sense. 
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

The learning objectives of the course are that the student demonstrates the ability to:
  • 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.

Content

The following main topics are contained in the course:
  • 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

Literature

Kompendium på Blackboard
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Examination regulations

Exam element a)

Timing

January

Prerequisites

Type Prerequisite name Prerequisite course
Examination part Prerequisites for participating in the exam a) N100015101, BB540: Microbial ecology and global biogeochemical cycles

Tests

Oral examination

EKA

N100015102

Censorship

Second examiner: Internal

Grading

7-point grading scale

Identification

Student Identification Card

Language

Normally, the same as teaching language

Examination aids

Allowed, a closer description of the exam rules will be posted under 'Course Information' on Blackboard.

ECTS value

10

Additional information

The examination form for re-examination may be different from the exam form at the regular exam.

Prerequisites for participating in the exam a)

Timing

Autumn

Tests

Participation in theoretical and laboratory exercises

EKA

N100015112

Censorship

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

Participation in theoretical and laboratory exercises with handing in of written reports and oral presentations.
The prerequisite examination is a prerequisite for participation in exam element a).

Indicative number of lessons

74 hours per semester

Teaching Method

Topics are presented in 2-hour sessions including interactive lecturing, theoretical exercises, and discussions. In some of these sessions, invited speakers will present specific research topics of current interest. In the laboratory exercises, a range of microbiological and biogeochemical techniques will be applied to the study of microbial communities. An excursion will explore microbial communities on location.

Teacher responsible

Name E-mail Department
Bo Thamdrup bot@biology.sdu.dk Biologisk Institut, Nordcee

Additional teachers

Name E-mail Department City
Alexander Treusch atreusch@biology.sdu.dk Biologisk Institut, Nordcee
Amelia-Elena Rotaru arotaru@biology.sdu.dk Biologisk Institut, Nordcee
Beate Kraft bkraft@biology.sdu.dk Biologisk Institut, Nordcee
Carolin Löscher cloescher@biology.sdu.dk Biologisk Institut, Nordcee, Danish Institute for Advanced Study
Donald Eugene Canfield Dec@biology.sdu.dk Biologisk Institut, Nordcee, Interdisciplinary Centre on Population Dynamics – Four Faculties Affiliates, Danish Institute for Advanced Study
Peter Stief peterstief@biology.sdu.dk Biologisk Institut, Nordcee
Ronnie N. Glud rnglud@biology.sdu.dk Nordcee

Timetable

48
Monday
29-11-2021
Tuesday
30-11-2021
Wednesday
01-12-2021
Thursday
02-12-2021
Friday
03-12-2021
08 - 09
Class f
Forelæsning
09 - 10
Class h1e
Undervisning
10 - 11
11 - 12
12 - 13
13 - 14
14 - 15
Class h1e
Undervisning
15 - 16
Class h1e
Undervisning
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Administrative Unit

Biologisk Institut

Team at Registration & Legality

NAT

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