Faculteit Science and Engineering
Jaar 2022/23
Vakcode WBBY060-05
Vaknaam Microbiome
Niveau(s) bachelor
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester II b (2b2)
Rooster rooster.rug.nl

Uitgebreide vaknaam Microbiome
Leerdoelen At the end of the course, the student is able to:
1. describe the ecological interactions in the microbiome, with a special focus on plants, insects and humans.
2. explain the function of the microbiome, with a special focus on plants, insects and humans.
3. assess and discuss relevant literature on the microbiome, microbial interactions and host-microbiome interactions, with a special focus on plants, insects and humans.
4. define methodological approaches to study (host) microbiome interactions
Omschrijving The microbiome consists of all the microbes in a host or in a specific environment. These microbes may affect a host to their benefit (e.g. symbionts), or their detriment (e.g. in the case of pathogens). The microbes in these environments interact, with each other, the host and the abiotic environment.
In this course you will learn about the microbes and their ecological interactions in different environments and hosts. We will focus specifically on the microbiome of plants, insects and humans, other organisms may be targeted according to the availability of external lecturers.

The aim of the course is to provide an introduction to the concept of the microbiome, as well as microbial interactions and host-microbiome interactions.
Uren per week
Onderwijsvorm Bijeenkomst (S), Hoorcollege (LC), Opdracht (ASM), Werkcollege (T)
(LC-24 hrs, S-8 hrs, T-8 hrs, ASM-40 hrs (research proposal), ASM-40 hrs (essay), self study 20 hrs)
Toetsvorm Opdracht (AST), Presentatie (P)
(P-40% (oral presentation for the whole group); AST-60% (essay). The essay needs to be handed in, a (group) presentation needs to be performed before the grade can be given. Essay and presentation both need to be higher than 5.5)
Vaksoort bachelor
Coördinator Prof. Dr. J. Falcao Salles
Docent(en) dr. ir. M.G.J. de Vos ,Prof. Dr. J. Falcao Salles
Verplichte literatuur
Titel Auteur ISBN Prijs
handouts from lectures, posted in Brightspace
Fundamentals of Microbiome Science (not mandatory), 2018 Angela E Douglas
specific articles related to each topic, posted in Brightspace
Entreevoorwaarden The course units assumes prior knowledge and skills, acquired from the year 1 of the bachelor programme Biology.

Students from other degree programmes than Biology and/or Life Science & Technology who would like to participate in this course unit are obliged to request admission from the BSc Biology programme team via bsc.biology@rug.nl. After this contact, students also have to contact one of the academic advisors before enrolling in this course in order to check whether they have met the entrance requirements. Failing to follow this entire procedure before the official enrollment deadline results in immediate unenrollment without prior notification. Please be aware that almost all course units within the BSc Biology programme are 3-week full-time courses ("blokvakken") and are difficult to combine with courses from other programmes.

Students from the Bachelor's degree programmes Biology and old curriculum Life Science & Technology take priority over students from other degree programmes when the course has a maximum capacity.
Opmerkingen Maximum capacity: 60 students

During the presentations the presence is mandatory.
During the lectures the presence is not mandatory but provide support for essay and RP.
An essay needs to be written and handed in.
Opgenomen in
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