NBIK15003U  Advanced Bacteriology1

Volume 2017/2018
Education

MSc Programme in Biology
MSc Programme in Biochemistry
MSc Programme in Molecular Biomedicine

MSc Programme in Biology with a minor subject

Content

Theme 1: Social bacterial interactions

  • Bacterial interactions, Quorum sensing, Socio-microbiology


Theme 2:  Microbial biofilm and evolution

  • Biofilms, Evolution of bacteria


Theme 3: Bacterial mobile genetic elements

  • Plasmids, transposons, and bacteriophages
  • Horizontal transfer of plasmids in natural environments


Theme 4: Phenotypic heterogeneity

  • Phenotypic plasticity, Adaption to environmental change
  • Phenotypic heterogeneity in isogenic populations
Learning Outcome

By the end of the course students are expected to be able to master:

Knowledge:

  • describe the molecular mechanisms and evolutionary basis of social bacterial interactions and behaviour
  • describe the different mechanisms behind horizontal gene transfer among bacteria
  • describe the prokaryotic species concept and evaluate different species definitions


Skills:

  • evaluate the importance of biofilm formation to bacterial survival
  • evaluate quorum sensing in relation to biofilm formation and bacterial pathogenesis
  • evaluate the concept of sociomicrobiology and analyse the importance of bacterial interactions
  • evaluate the role of phenotypic heterogeneity in isogenic population as an adaption to environmental change
  • analyse the evolution and phylogeny of bacteria
  • analyse horizontal transfer of plasmids in natural environments


Competences:

  • use and evaluate classic and molecular experimental methods to research central topics covered in the course and subsequently analyse data
  • put into a plasmid pespective the evolution of antibiotic resistance, both in human infections and in various environments
  • analyse, put into perspective, and criticize the primary scientific literature
  • perform oral presentation of acquired knowledge and ideas

See Absalon.

Introductory courses in molecular biology and microbiology are recommended.
Generally include two weekly 2-hour discussion classes (Tuesdays from 9.00-11.00 and Thursdays from 9.00-11.00), two lectures (Tuesdays from 11.00-12.00 and Thursdays from 11.00-12.00), and a lecture in "New trends in microbiology" (Friday afternoon). Practical take place Thursdays (13.00-17.00)
Written
Oral
Continuous feedback during the course of the semester
Feedback by final exam (In addition to the grade)
Credit
7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Oral examination, 20 minutes
Final oral exam based on curriculum, 20 minutes without preparation. All exam questions will be published 10 days before the exam.
Exam registration requirements

In order to be allowed to the final exam, the student should have participated actively in the course by being present at the exercises (minimum 80% presence at the exercises), and by performing a satisfactory oral presentation based on a scientific paper.
 

Aid
Only certain aids allowed

Students may bring their own notes.

Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
External censorship
Re-exam

As ordinary exam.

If the requirement of 80% attendance at the exercises is not fulfilled, the student must take the course again the next year.

If the requirement of performing a satisfactory oral presentation based on a scientific paper is not fulfilled, the student must hand in a scientific paper no later than two weeks before reexam.

Criteria for exam assesment

In order to obtain the grade 12 the student should convincingly and accurately demonstrate the knowledge, skills and competences described under Learning Outcome.

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Exam
  • 1
  • Preparation
  • 125
  • Lectures
  • 18
  • Seminar
  • 27
  • Practical exercises
  • 30
  • Project work
  • 5
  • Total
  • 206