|Delivery Type||Delivery length / details|
|Lecture||3 x 1 hour lectures per week (33 hours)|
|Other||7 x 2 hour workshops / seminars (14 hours)|
|Assessment Type||Assessment length / details||Proportion|
|Semester Assessment||Individual case study report.||30%|
|Semester Assessment||Group presentation.||10%|
|Semester Exam||3 Hours Theory paper.||60%|
|Supplementary Assessment||Students must take elements of assessment equivalent to those that led to failure of the module.||40%|
|Supplementary Exam||3 Hours Students must take elements of assessment equivalent to those that led to failure of the module.||60%|
On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
1. Give specific examples of microbes used in biotechnology and of how such organisms have been selected and improved.
2. Select and perform appropriate data analysis techniques to quantify growth and viability of microbes.
3. Critically evaluate the use of microbes as model organisms.
Microbes are exploited for a number of reasons; they have a short generation time, tools exist to perform genetic manipulations and the ethical concerns that apply to research on animals do not affect microbial research to the same extent. Consequently, whether working in industry or a research environment many biologists do at least some of their work with microbes. This module contributes to the academic background and directly applicable skills for this.
This module will also introduce and develop the concept of using both prokaryotic and eukaryotic microbes as model organisms. Tools and techniques will be introduced along with the results of research with microbes that has led to an improved understanding of processes in multicellular eukaryotes. Exemplars will be chosen to reflect current hot topics but will initially include ageing, cancer and the development of intercellular communication and multicellularity.
|Skills Type||Skills details|
|Application of Number||Workshops will involve calculations relevant to the course material including total and viable counts of microbes, growth rate etc. This will be assessed via the case study.|
|Communication||Listening skills in lectures, verbal communication with staff and peers during workshops and writing skills in assessments will all be developed. Student-led seminars will facilitate peer communication using verbal and written communication in peer teaching.|
|Improving own Learning and Performance||Outside the formal contact hours, students will be expected to research materials, practice with directed learning exercises and manage their own time. Engagement with wider reading will be assessed via the examination.|
|Information Technology||Accessing the web for information sources and using websites provided in the directed learning materials to practice skills acquired. Use of Excel, Word and Powerpoint will all be developed.|
|Personal Development and Career planning||Not a major component of this module.|
|Problem solving||Lectures will introduce methods of performing microbial growth and viability analysis Workshops will extend this with worked examples and will support the assessed data analysis within the case study which will be assessed.|
|Research skills||Directed study materials and links will be provided on Blackboard allowing students to research topics beyond the scope of the lecture material. A particular case study (e.g. biotechnological application or model organism) will be researched in depth.|
|Subject Specific Skills||Students will gain microbiological data analysis skills and experience transferable to research careers.|
|Team work||Students will work in pairs/small groups during workshop sessions. Preparation for and presentation of case studies will be performed in groups and contribution from group members will be peer assessed.|
This module is at CQFW Level 6