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Course Overview

  • this course provides core information to prepare you for advanced studies in the areas of molecular microbiology and infectious diseases;
  • in depth knowledge will be provided for the advanced study of microbes and their impact on all areas of life and society;
  • you will participate in a practical that provides you with an insight into a real-life research project providing skills in experimental design, data analysis, practical laboratory skills and research publication;
  • wider transferrable skills including problem solving and data interpretation are aimed at developing graduate attributes and employability 

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 3
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr Alexander Lorenz

Qualification Prerequisites


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

  • One of BI20M3 Molecular Biology of the Gene (Passed) or BI25M5 Microbes, Infection & Immunity (Passed) or MB3005 The Molecular Biology of the Cell (Studied) or MB3006 The Molecular Biology of the Cell (Studied)
  • Any Undergraduate 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 presents molecular approaches in current experimental microbiology. Areas covered include molecular mechanisms of adaptations to the environment, including pathogenesis and interactions with other cells; evolutionary relationships among microbes; signal transduction, differentiation and secondary metabolism; microbial communities; observation of and experimentation on molecular pathways and mechanisms of microbial pro- and eukaryotes; usage of microbial models to study fundamental biological processes.

Throughout the course, emphasis is placed on direct relevance of these topics to current problems in medicine, agriculture, food and related industries.

Further Information & Notes

BI 2002 strongly recommended as Pre-requisite.

Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

1st Attempt: 1 three-hour essay examination (65%) and in-course assessment (35%).

Continuous assessment comprises: 1 laboratory report, 1 essay (1,500 words)
Resit: 1 three-hour essay examination (65%) and previous continuous assessment (35%).

Formative Assessment

Informal questions presented associated with lecture blocks.


Practical reports and essays will be marked with written comments.

Course Learning Outcomes


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