NBIK15003U Advanced Bacteriology1
MSc Programme in Biochemistry
MSc Programme in Biology
MSc Programme in Biology with a minor subject
MSc Programme in Molecular Biomedicine
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
By the end of the course students are expected to be able to master:
- 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
- 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
- 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
Academic qualifications equivalent to a BSc degree is recommended.
- Practical exercises
- Project work
- 7,5 ECTS
- Type of assessment
- Oral examination, 25 minutesFinal oral exam based on curriculum, 25 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. In addition, the students will hand in a laboratory report that has to be passed.
- Only certain aids allowed
Students may bring their own notes.
- Marking scale
- 7-point grading scale
- Censorship form
- External censorship
The same as the 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 an 2-3 page essay based on a scientific paper no later than three weeks before reexam. The scientific paper will resemble the article from ordinary oral presentation and is selected by the lecturer.
If the requirement of handing in a laboratory report (that has to be passed) is not fulfilled, the student must hand in a report no later than three 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.