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Last modified: 22 May 2019 17:07

Course Overview

A course describing the principles behind how microorganisms respond to environmental stresses

A range of microbial stress responses are detailed using a range of model systems, pathogens and non-pathogens, showing how gene expression is regulated by stress.

Contains an extended research practical; you carry out computer-based modelling to understand how cells responds to starvation stress, and write up in research paper format. 

We teach with reference to the scientific literature allowing you to place your learning in the context of the latest published research.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr Stefania Spanò

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?


Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

This course will consider the mechanisms and complexity of microbial adaptation to changes in environment, including responses to stress. Beginning with an outline of mechanisms of gene expression, the course will lead through descriptions of transcriptional and translational regulation. Later lecture blocks will describe specific examples of microbial adaptation in prokaryotes and eukaryotes. An advanced computer practical will support key concepts covered.

In light of Covid-19 this information is indicative and may be subject to change.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

  • 2 Lectures during University weeks 25 - 26, 29
  • 1 Lecture during University weeks 27 - 28
  • 1 Workshop during University weeks 27 - 28

More Information about Week Numbers

In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for second half-session courses may be subject to change. All updates for second-half session courses will be actioned in advance of the second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

Examination (60%); workshop assessment (40%)

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.



Course Learning Outcomes


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