BIOMO303-19B (HAM)

Advanced Microbiology

15 Points

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Division of Health Engineering Computing & Science
School of Science

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Paper Description

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This paper aims to provide knowledge and skills relevant to modern microbiologists by focusing on microbial functions of significance to natural and built ecosystem processes. This paper covers the physiology of the major groups of microorganisms involved in carbon, sulfur, and nitrogen cycling, including photoautotrophy, methanogenesis, methanotrophy, and chemoautotrophy. The phylogeny of bacteria and archaea and physiological adaptations for growth in extreme environments will be discussed. The paper concludes with an overview of microbial ecology and methods used in the study of microbial ecology.

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Paper Structure

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This paper is taught through lectures. Attendance at laboratories is required unless permission for absence has been given by the Paper Convenor.

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

  • Acquire a basic understanding of microbial ecology, including the formation and prevention of biofilms;
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  • Discuss the role of bacteria in biogeochemical cycles, including carbon, nitrogen, and sulphur cycles, and identify the key features of major groups of organisms involved in these processes;
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  • Develop an understanding of the pathways that underpin microbial functions at the molecular level, including those enabling survival in extreme environments;
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  • Acquire an appreciation of microbiomes' functional roles and influences on human and ecosystem health
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  • Develop an understanding of the techniques that facilitate modern microbiology, in particular molecular genetic techniques;
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  • Develop, through practice, proficiency in a range of practical laboratory techniques related to microbiology and present the results in written and graphical form.
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Assessment

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There will be three tests, each constituting 10% of the final grade. The laboratory book will make up 20% of the final grade. The remaining 50% of the final grade is determined by the exam.
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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 50:50. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 50% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 50:50 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 50% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Tests
Sum of All
30
  • In Class: In Lecture
2. Test #1
5 Aug 2019
10:00 AM
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3. Test #2
16 Sep 2019
10:00 AM
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4. Test #3
11 Oct 2019
1:00 PM
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5. Laboratory assessment
18 Oct 2019
3:00 PM
20
  • Hand-in: Faculty Information (FG Link)
6. Exam
50
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Required Readings

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Brock Biology of Microorganisms (14th Edition recommended)
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Recommended Readings

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Announced during lectures
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Online Support

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This paper has a Moodle page (http://elearn.waikato.ac.nz), where you will be able to access PDFs of lecture PowerPoint slides, lecture recordings, and assessment materials. There are also discussion forums where you can both ask and answer questions.

PLEASE NOTE: Moodle will be used for class notices, etc, and it is your responsibility to check the site regularly. Instructions provided on Moodle and in lectures are considered to be given to the class as a whole.

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Workload

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Hours of personal study would be commensurate with a third-year course consisting of approx. 72 contact hours, and as a rough guide, students should expect to devote an equivalent amount of time to study and assessment.

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Linkages to Other Papers

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Prerequisite(s)

Prerequisite papers: BIOMO203 or BIOL241

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Restriction(s)

Restricted papers: BIOL341

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