Module Identifier BS33920  
Academic Year 2006/2007  
Co-ordinator Dr Hazel M Davey  
Semester Semester 1  
Other staff Dr Gareth W Griffith, Professor Michael Young, Dr Michael K Winson, Dr Mustak A Kaderbhai, Dr David J Hopper  
Course delivery Lecture   30 x 1h lectures  
  Seminars / Tutorials   3 x 2h seminars  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Exam2 Hours  60%
Semester Assessment  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 diversity of 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
Black, Jacquelyn G. Microbiology, principles and explorations, student study guide /Jacquelyn G. Black. 6th. Wiley 0471482447
Madigan, M.T. (2005) Brock Biology of Microorganisms 11th. Prentice Hall 0132017849
Perry, J.J., Stanley, J.T. & Lory, S. (2002) Microbial Life Sinauer
Schlegel, H.G. (1986) General microbiology 6th. Cambridge University Press.
Wackett, Lawrence Philip (2001) Biocatalysis and Biodegradation: Microbial Transformation of Organic Compounds ASM
** Multiple Copies In Hugh Owen
Moat, A.G. & Foster, J.W. (1995) Microbial Physiology 3rd. New York: Wiley-Liss.
** Recommended Background
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.
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.


This module is at CQFW Level 6