Pre-requisites: A-level Biology grade C or equivalent

Aims/Description: This module is an introduction to the broad subject area of microbiology. Topics covered will include: origin of life; importance and range of microbial diversity in relation to biodiversity on Earth; comparative anatomy of prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells; virus structure and function; bacterial cell structure and function; archaeal diversity; eukaryotic microbial diversity, metabolic diversity of microorganisms; food and industrial microbiology; microbial ecology; biogeochemical cycles; bacterial growth and its control; bacterial pathogenicity. The final part of the module will cover the principles of immunity, including cellular and molecular components of the immune system and integration of the immune system.

Restrictions on availability: For students outside of MBB A-level Biology at grade B or equivalent

Staff Contact: Dr Jim Gilmour
Teaching Methods: Lectures, Problem solving, Independent Study
Assessment: Formal Exam, Classroom Testing
WebCT resources are available for this module

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