Module Identifier BS33920  
Academic Year 2003/2004  
Co-ordinator Dr Michael K Winson  
Semester Semester 1  
Other staff Dr David J Hopper, Dr Gareth W Griffith, Dr Hazel M Davey, Dr Lesley N Manchester, Dr Mustak A Kaderbhai, Professor Michael Young, To Be Arranged  
Course delivery Lecture   30 Hours  
  Seminars / Tutorials   Seminar. 3  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Exam2 Hours  60%
Semester Assessment One computational exercise on Microbial growth to be submitted on Thursday 13 November 2003 and one Essay to be submitted on Thursday 4 December 2003.  40%
Supplementary Exam2 Hours  100%

Learning outcomes

On completion of this module students will:


In the post-genomic era microbial physiology and biochemistry are of paramount importance and this module will provide theoretical training in the processes involved in microbial growth and its control. The content will emphasise the immense diverse environments that microbes inhabit and how this unlimited source of biological activity can be exploited for biotechnological purposes. Basic foundation in microbial metabolism including examples of biochemical diversity and illustrations of industrial bioprocesses, microbial biotransformations and bioremediation will be included.


The lectures cover the following topics:

Reading Lists

** Recommended Text
Moat, A.G. & Foster, J.W. (1995) Microbial Physiology 3rd. New York: Wiley-Liss.
Neidhardt, F.C. Ingraham, J.L. & Schaechter, M. (1990) Physiology of the bacterial cell : a molecular approach Massachusetts: Sinauer.
Nicholls, D.G & Fergusson, S.J. (1992) Bioenergetics 2 Academic press.
Schlegel, H.G. (1986) General microbiology 6th. Cambridge University Press.
Bu'Lock, J. & Kristiansen, B. (1987) Basic Biotechnology New York: Academic Press.
Crueger, W. & Crueger, A. (1989) Biotechnology: A textbook of industrial microbiology Massachusetts: Sinauer.
Dawes, A.E. (1986) Microbial energetics Blackie.


This module is at CQFW Level 6