NBIK15016U The Human Microbiome
MSc Programme in Biology
MSc Programme in Biochemistry
MSc Programme in Molecular Biomedicine
Humans harbour ten times more bacterial cells than human cells. Different parts of the human body are inhabited by specific microbial communities forming the human microbiome. Within recent years it has become clear that the human microbiome interacts extensively with their human host and is important for human health.
This course will give students a thorough understanding of the microbial communities in and on humans. This includes the different roles of the communities in the well-being of humans and links to important human diseases like allergies, obesity, inflammatory bowel diseases, and diabetes. Students will obtain detailed knowledge on the different microorganisms shaping the microbiome of key human habitats, i.e. the colon, skin, oral cavity, vagina and lungs.
By completing the course the student will be able to:
- describe the main members of the microbiome of the human colon, skin, oral cavity, vagina, and lungs
- describe key physiological aspects of the main members of the human microbiome
- describe how the main members of the microbiome interact with their human host
- describe how the human microbiome may be linked to human disease, i.e. obesity, allergies, inflammatory bowel diseases, and diabetes
- describe how the human microbiome may affect the behaviour of humans
- describe how human life style may influence the microbiome
- describe the pros and cons of using specific animal models to study the links between microbiomes and human health
- present orally and in writing key aspects of the human microbiome and its effects on human health
- propose studies for investigating the human microbiome and its interactions with the human host
- evaluate the effects of the human microbiome on human health
- evaluate methods used to investigate the human microbiome and the interactions between the human microbiome and the human host
- evaluate the use of animal models in the study of interactions between microbiomes and human health
- independently retrieve and critically evaluate information from the primary scientific literature on the human microbioime and relationshiops between the human microbiome and human health
- discuss original scientific articles and reviews on the human microbiome
- present a coherent essay on a specific topic on the human microbiome
Scientific papers. See Absalon.
- Project work
- 7,5 ECTS
- Type of assessment
- Written examination, 2 hours under invigilation---
- Exam registration requirements
To participate in the exam the student must perform a satisfactory presentation of a scientific paper and hand in a satisfactory essay based on a microbiome topic defined and allocated by the teachers.
- All aids allowed
NB: If the exam is held at the ITX, the ITX will provide computers. Private computers, tablets or mobile phones CANNOT be brought along to the exam. Books and notes should be brought on paper or saved on a USB key.
- Marking scale
- 7-point grading scale
- Censorship form
- No external censorship
Several internal examiners/co-examiners
As ordinary exam.
If the requirements of the performing of a satisfactory presentation of a scientific paper is not fulfilled, the student must hand in a two page essay presenting a relevant scientific paper no later than two weeks before the registration period for the reeexams ends. If the requirements of handing in a satisfactory essay is not fulfilled the student must hand in a satisfactory essay no later than two weeks before the registration period for the reexams ends.
Criteria for exam assesment
The grade 12 is given for an excellent performance displaying a high level of command of all aspects of the relevant material, cf. the Learning Outcome of the course, with no or only a few minor weaknesses.