This topic is designed to give students a broad understanding of major elements of microbiology including bacteriology, microbial genomics, the role of microbes in disease and microbial ecology, expanding on the material covered in Foundations of Microbiology. The practical work is designed both to extend skills in handling bacteria and to apply these skills to the study of microbes in particular environments. The theme of this topic is life from the micro-organisms' perspective - for example, the activity of micro-organisms and how this activity impacts on microbial habitats and environments (from waterways to human skin). Included are fundamental areas of microbiology, such as isolation, enumeration and identification of bacteria by traditional and new techniques, microbial physiology, microbial structure, microbial ecology, medical microbiology and pathogenesis, and immunology.
The laboratory-based experimental section of the topic will provide students with practical experience in the handling, isolation and identification of microbes and will provide them with opportunities to work independently and as part of a team. The topic will present information to prepare students for further study in specific areas of molecular biosciences that include a microbiological aspect, including; biology, biotechnology and aquaculture.
The specific aims and objectives of this topic are to:
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