|Module Title||AQUATIC & TERRESTRIAL MICROBIAL ECOLOGY|
|Co-ordinator||Dr Gareth W Griffith|
|Other staff||Dr Sharon Huws, Dr Gareth W Griffith, Dr Bernardus H G Van Houten, Joan E Edwards|
|Course delivery||Seminars / Tutorials||2 x 3 hour seminars|
|Lecture||18 x 1h lectures|
|Other||1 x 3 hour workshops|
Via a series of lectures and workshops the module will develop a knowledge and understanding of the role played by microorganisms (fungi, bacteria, viruses, algae) in terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems, focusing on their importance in biogeochemical cycling as well as the methodologies used to study these organisms.
To include coverage of methods in microbial ecology (traditional/molecular), biochemical and genetic diversity within Bacteria/Archaea, role of fungi in lignocellulose degradation, dynamics of bacteria/virus interactions in lakes/streams, role of fungi in processing of debris in streams, deep ocean black smokers, primary productivity in pelagic habitats, interactions between microbes and animals, interactions (fungus farming/ oral microbiology/rumen ecosystem), between microbes and plants (mycorrhizas/nitrogen fixers).
To include student presentation of seminars of specific areas of microbial ecology (this will allow the participants a degree of specialization according to their degree scheme).
To include the presentation of group posters prepared on specific case studies in microbial ecology.
|Problem solving||Practical classes, seminars and poster preparation will provide opportunities to develop problem solving skills.|
|Research skills||Practical work, seminars and poster preparation using library and www resources.|
|Communication||Attendance at lectures and preparation and presentation of seminars and posters will provide opportunities to develop presentational (oral and written) and listening skills.|
|Improving own Learning and Performance||Attendance at lectures, seminars and workshops, working to deadlines for seminars and workshops, and preparation for examinations will require the development of self management strategies and personal action plans.|
|Team work||Production and presentation of group posters. Practical sessions.|
|Information Technology||IT skills developed in seminar and poster presentation via o library and www resources to source information o use of PowerPoint o poster preparation.|
|Application of Number||Not relevant.|
|Personal Development and Career planning||Awareness of personal and career development skills will be developed through the coursework, e.g. teamwork for posters.|
This module is at CQFW Level 5