Faculteit Science and Engineering
Jaar 2020/21
Vakcode WBBY022-05
Vaknaam Microbiology
Niveau(s) propedeuse
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester I b
Rooster rooster.rug.nl

Uitgebreide vaknaam Microbiology
Leerdoelen At the end of the course the student is able to:
- explain the structure and structural differences of prokaryotic cells
- explain the various types of metabolic energy conservation, including synthesis of ATP and generation of electrochemical ion gradients
- explain the main types of metabolism, including glycolysis and TCA cycle, Calvin cycle, amino acid and lipid synthesis, and the cycles for carbon, nitrogen and sulfur
- explain the different types of culturing methods, including batch growth and chemostat growth; explain the ecology of microorganism and the adaptations of cells growing in extreme environments
- explain how microorganisms interact with host cells and communicate in the environment
- explain the common phylogenetic methods and the evolution of prokaryotes
Omschrijving At the end of the course the student has an overview of concepts in microbial physiology and ecology

- Structure of the Prokaryotic cell, including differences and similarities of bacteria and archaea in build-up of cell wall, lipid membranes and cytoplasmic architecture; structure of main cell components
- Growth of microorganisms, including growth kinetics; auxotrophy and nutrient requirements; growth on surfaces and in solution; environmental factors; microbial communities
- Energy transduction, including basic principles of redox reactions,; substrate-level and oxidative phosphorylation; chemiosmotic theory
- Metabolic diversity, including carbon, nitrogen and sulfur cycle; aerobic versus anaerobic growth; respiration versus fermentation; chemolithotrophy, phototrophy and heterotrophy
- Extremophiles, including ecology of microorganism, metabolic adaptations
Industrial microbiology, including overflow metabolism, antibiotic production,
- Host-microbe interactions, including pathogenicity, virulence factors, immunity
- Taxonomy, including phylogeny and methods to determine evolutionary relatedness
Uren per week
Onderwijsvorm Hoorcollege (LC), Werkcollege (T)
(LC-30hrs; T-6hrs; Self study-104hrs)
Toetsvorm Meerkeuze toets (MC), Schriftelijk tentamen (WE), Tussentoets (IT)
(MC: 35%, WC: 35%, IT: 30% (final score should be 5,5))
Vaksoort bachelor
Coördinator prof. dr. B. Poolman
Docent(en) prof. dr. A.J.M. Driessen , P.E. Lopes Leão, PhD. ,prof. dr. B. Poolman
Verplichte literatuur
Titel Auteur ISBN Prijs
"Brock Biology of Microorganisms", international Edition (15th edition, 2018, Pearson Education)
Entreevoorwaarden PLEASE NOTE
Biology and Life Science & Technology (old curriculum) course units are only accessible for students of those degree programmes. Students from other degree programmes who would like to participate in Biology course units are obliged to contact one of the academic advisors before registration. After this contact, students have to request admission from the Board of Examiners Biology/Life Science & Technology. Failing to follow this procedure results in immediate unenrollment without prior notification.
Opmerkingen The course is linked tot he lab course where students apply the knowledge on general concepts in microbial physiology and ecology, in laboratory experiments.

Presence is mandatory. Moreover, part of the information is presented on the blackboard and students are strongly encouraged to make notes

Max. capacity: 360 students

Dit vak had vorig jaar vakcode WPLS18015
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