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Microbial physiology and taxonomy

  • ECTS credits10
  • Teaching semesterSpring
  • Course codeBIO219
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageEnglish
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Teaching semester

Spring

This course has a limited capacity, enrolment is based on application. Application deadline is Thursday in week 2 for the spring semester. Please see this page for more information: https://www.uib.no/en/matnat/53431/admission-courses-limited-capacity

You will receive confirmation of whether you received a spot in Studentweb no later than Tuesday the week after the deadline.

The time of the first lecture/orientation meeting can be found in the schedule on the course website or on the Mitt UiB learning platform.

It is mandatory to attend the first lecture.

Place of Instruction

Bergen.

Objectives and Content

Objectives:

The course aims to give a thorough introduction to microbial physiology, taxonomy and phylogeny.

Content:

The course is divided into 4 modules focusing on the following topics: 1. Evolution and systematics, 2. Metabolic and functional diversity, 3. Ecosystem and biogeochemical cycles and 4. Biotechnology and synthetic biology. Students will complete project work related to the modules, consisting of: a. Planning and carrying out laboratory work, b. Analysis of ┬┐omics data, c. Analysis of recent scientific literature and d. Reporting and discussion of experiment.

The results of the project work shall be presented orally and in writing.

The course is primarily for students who are going to take the Master's program in biology, specialization in microbiology.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the course the student should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:

Knowledge

The student can

  • explain main principles of energy conservation in microorganisms
  • describe the characteristics of various physiological groups of microorganisms
  • identify metabolic interactions among microorganisms (in diffrent ecosystems)
  • explain tools for taxonomic and phylogenetic placement of microorganisms
  • describe applications of microorganisms

Skills

The student is able to

  • cultivate different physiological groups of microorganisms
  • identify metabolic pathways in microorganisms based on omics data
  • perform taxonomic and phylogenetic analyzes of microorganisms
  • plan, conduct, and report (oral and written) microbiological experiments
  • evaluate and discuss possible biotechnological applications of micororganisms

General competence

The student can

  • communicate subject matter in writing and orally
  • find, compile and evaluate microbiological literature
  • understand and discuss the relevance of microorganisms in society

Required Previous Knowledge

BIO215 General micribiology (or equivalent) or GEOV245 Geomicrobiology

Access to the Course

Access to the course requires admission to a programma at study at The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences https://www.uib.no/en/matnat/52767/admission-faculty-mathematics-and-natural-sciences

Teaching and learning methods

Lectures: 2 hours pr week for 8 weeks
Course assignments/seminars 16 hours per week for 4 weeks

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

Attendance to laboratory exercises. Compulsory assignments are valid for 4 subsequent semesters.

Forms of Assessment

The forms of assignemnt are:

laboratory report 50 % of total grade

Oral presentation 30 % of total grade

Poster presentation 20 % of total grade

Examination Support Material

None

Grading Scale

The grading scale used is A to F. Grade A is the highest passing grade, grade F is a fail.

Assessment Semester

Only in semesters with teaching

Reading List

The readinglist will be available within June 1st for autumn semester and December 1st for the spring semester.

Course Evaluation

Students will evaluate the course in accordance with the quality assurance system at UiB and the department. You can find student evaluations in the Quality Assurance Reports.

Contact

Contact Information

Contact the Study Section at the Department of Biological Sciences: studie@bio.uib.no