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


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;

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