Module title: Microbes and Man

SCQF level: 08:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: MIC08100
Module leader: Donald Morrison
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: Microbiology & Drug Discovery
Prerequisites

n/a

2018/9, Trimester 2, Face-to-Face, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: Face-to-Face
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Donald Morrison
Module Organiser:


Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
A combination of lectures and a student-centred approach will be adopted, with students undertaking a degree of responsibility for their learning supported by team teaching using a variety of approaches to teaching methodology (LO1-4). Each student will be given a topic to research (LO4). The student will present their research in the form of a poster presentation and in a conference style environment. Through visits and/or invited speakers students will have the opportunity to explore the career opportunities for microbiologists/biotechnologists (LO5).

Formative assessment occurs during coursework and through feedback on the poster presentation. Summative assessment takes the form of the poster presentation and a formal examination.

Formative Assessment:
Formative assessment occurs during coursework and through feedback on the poster presentation

Summative Assessment:
Summative assessment takes the form of the poster presentation and a formal examination.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 40
Independent Learning Guided independent study 158
Face To Face Centrally Time Tabled Examination 2
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200


Assessment
Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Oral Presentation 40 4 9 HOURS= 2.0, WORDS= 0
Centrally Time Tabled Examination 60 1,2,3,4 14/15 HOURS= 2, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 40
Component 2 subtotal: 60
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

Analysis of a select choice of viruses, fungi and protozoa of medical, environmental and industrial significance. Exploitation of microorganisms in industrial, medical, environmental and agricultural sectors. Recombinant DNA
– overview of gene cloning, and construction of genetically modified organisms (GMOs), significance of the release of GMOs in the environment;


In this module you will gain insight to how the diversity of microorganisms can be exploited in biotechnology both to the benefit and detriment of mankind. In so doing you will examine selected microorganisms including fungi, bacteria, viruses and protozoa. You will explore current issues featuring in media headlines. You will also explore some of the controversial issues in biotechnology and present reasoned arguments on a selected number of topics.






Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: explore the commercial exploitation of microbial metabolism by food and pharmaceutical industries, environmental, agricultural and chemical sectors
LO2: gain an overview of gene cloning, together with the construction and exploitation of GMOs, e.g. in the industrial production of insulin
LO3: examine specific fungi, bacteria, viruses and protozoa of medical, industrial and environmental relevance
LO4: consider microbiology and biotechnology topics of particular relevance in current affairs and research taking place within the School of Life Sciences;
LO5: explore the role of microbiologists/biotechnologists in terms of career opportunities;


Indicative References and Reading List - URL:

Core - MADIGAN, M.T., MATINKO, J.M., BENDER, K., BUCKLEY, D., AND STAHL, D BROCK BIOLOGY OF MICROORGANISMS, 14th ed.
Core - LINDA SHERWOOD; JOANNE WILLEY; CHRIS WOOLVERTON PRESCOTT'S MICROBIOLOGY, 9th ed.
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