|Delivery length / details
|6 x 4 Hour Practicals
|2 x 2 Hour Workshops
|Assessment length / details
|Group brevia on culture-independent analyses. Max. 1000 words.
|Report on isolation of microbial mix Max. 2000 words including abstract on lab experiment and streak plate assessment.
|Three abstracts on experiments.
|Students must take elements of assessment equivalent to those that led to failure of the module.
On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
1. Work safely and efficiently in a microbiology laboratory.
2. Use a range of culture-dependent and independent methods for characterizing microbes.
3. Report results from investigations of microbes and microbial communities using a range of scientific writing methods.
This module seeks to arm the student with the basic skills expected of a graduate working in a microbiology-related field, firstly by immersing the student in laboratory sessions designed to expose the student to a broad range of culture-based and independent methods of characterizing microbes, and secondly by interpreting data from quantitative and bioinformatic analyses using a range of scientific writing formats.
Workshop sessions will introduce methods for the quantitative and bioinformatic analysis of microbes and microbial communities (e.g 16S ribosomal RNA gene analysis). These data and the microbial community DNA analyzed in the practicals will relate to (and be derived from) current staff research interests.
|Application of Number
|Practical work will involve calculations and statistical analyses using acquired data.
|The production of scientific reports in different written formats. Listening skills for the workshops and subsequent discussion in practical classes, and communicate effectively in person and electronically to co-write the brevia.
|Improving own Learning and Performance
|Outside the formal contact hours, students will be expected to research materials, manage time and meet deadlines.
|Accessing the web for information sources and using databases to find primary literature and analyse DNA sequences.
|Personal Development and Career planning
|Students will gain confidence in their ability to evaluate microbiological problems and objectively assess the quality of proposed solutions.
|Practical classes will allow students to gain experience in designing, executing and interpreting data from experiments, and in particular the identification of microbes from a range of tests.
|Students will research topics beyond the depth and scope of the provided material and evaluate data and literature from publically available databases. Practical sessions will allow the development of laboratory skills at an early stage of the student’s academic career
|Subject Specific Skills
|Students will gain experience in working safely and effectively to apply a range of traditional and molecular microbiological lab skills to analyse microbes
|Students will work in pairs/small groups during practical sessions and collaborate in co-writing the brevia. They will need to work effectively as part of a team to produce this coursework.
This module is at CQFW Level 5