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BB20202: Microbial cells and genomes

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2014/5
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Biology & Biochemistry
Further information on credits Credits: 6
Further information on unit levels Level: Intermediate (FHEQ level 5)
Further information on teaching periods Period: Semester 1
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: CW 20%, EX 80%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Coursework (CW 20%)
  • Examination (EX 80%)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment: Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites:
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:
To provide the students with a foundation of knowledge on the diversity of microbial life, their important cellular structures, their diverse means of replication and their genetic systems.

Learning Outcomes:
After taking this course the student should be able to:
* Describe the diversity that exists amongst microbes;
* Describe important cellular features of these microbes;
* Explain their means of replication;
* Understand their important genomic feature and how these contribute to their evolution.

Learning and studying T/F/A, Written communication T/F/A, Laboratory skills T/F, Information technology T/F, Information handling & retrieval T/F/A, Working independently T/F.

This Unit will examine the major groups of microorganisms: i.e. bacteria, viruses, yeast, fungi, archaea and protozoa. It will discuss their important cellular structures (eg adhesin, flagellae, envelopes, hyphae and filaments), their unique means of replication, their genomes, and their genetic systems (eg promoters, operons, plasmids, transposons, recombination, transformation, transduction, conjugation, restriction/modification systems; and for fungi: ploidy, sex and parasex, heterokaryosis; recombination: models and molecules; mating types; cell type determination and switching; genetics of filamentous fungi; physical mapping; fungal structural genomics; comparative fungal genomics; whole genome duplication; functional genomics; mitochondrial genetics).
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

BB20202 is Optional on the following programmes:

Department of Biology & Biochemistry
  • USBB-AFB02 : BSc(Hons) Biochemistry (Year 2)
  • USBB-AKB06 : BSc(Hons) Biochemistry with Professional Placement (Year 2)
  • USBB-AFB03 : BSc(Hons) Biology (Year 2)
  • USBB-AKB07 : BSc(Hons) Biology with Professional Placement (Year 2)
  • RSBB-AFM16 : Integrated PhD in Postgenomic Biosciences (Molecular Microbiology)
  • USBB-AFB05 : BSc(Hons) Molecular and Cellular Biology (Year 2)
  • USBB-AKB08 : BSc(Hons) Molecular and Cellular Biology with Professional Placement (Year 2)
  • TSBB-AFM16 : MRes Molecular Microbiology
  • TSBB-AFM10 : MSc Molecular Microbiology

* This unit catalogue is applicable for the 2014/15 academic year only. Students continuing their studies into 2015/16 and beyond should not assume that this unit will be available in future years in the format displayed here for 2014/15.
* Programmes and units are subject to change at any time, in accordance with normal University procedures.
* Availability of units will be subject to constraints such as staff availability, minimum and maximum group sizes, and timetabling factors as well as a student's ability to meet any pre-requisite rules.