|Teaching method||Contact hours|
|Practical intensively supervised||28|
|Course coordinator(s)||dr. ir. G Schraa|
|Lecturer(s)||dr. ir. G Schraa|
|dr. ir. CPM van Mierlo|
|Examiner(s)||dr HBCM Haaker|
|dr. ir. G Schraa|
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Genetic, physiological, morphological and ecological aspects of procaryotes and primitive eucaryotes are addressed. Diversity of microorganisms is the central item.
At the end of the course the student is expected to be able to demonstrate a detailed understanding of:
- importance of microorganisms for development of and to sustain life on earth;
- biochemical unity that underlies biological diversity;
- function of enzymes as a link between chemistry and the living cell;
- large diversity of microorganisms (including their metabolism);
- importance of free energy, enzymatic reactions and oxidation-reduction reactions;
- basal metabolism of glucose: glycolysis, citric acid cycle and respiratory chain;
- genotypic and phenotypic changes of bacteria (including gene-transfer);
- microbial cycling of nutrients (incl. carbon, nitrogen, sulfur and metals);
- microbial interactions with living and non-living environments;
- influence of environmental factors on microbial activity. The student is expected to be able to:
- properly use aseptic techniques for transfer and handling of microorganisms;
- properly use a phase-contrast and a bright-field light microscope for microscopic examination;
- enrich and isolate microorganisms under defined environmental conditions;
- use standard microbiology laboratory equipment correctly;
- perform and understand a number of simple microbial experiments.
Attend lectures that are supported by 2 textbooks. Perform several laboratory experiments, write a laboratory report and give a small presentation.
The final mark is based on a written exam and on the outcome of the laboratory experiments (practical work + laboratory report)
Textbooks are "Biology of Microorganisms" (Brock 12th ed.) and "Biochemistry" (Berg, Tymoczko, Stryer 6th ed.). Textbook and practical course handbook are available at WUR shop, Forum.
|BML||Molecular Life Sciences||BSc||3AF+4AF|
|Restricted Optional for:||BAT||Biosystems Engineering||BSc||2AF, 3AF+4AF, 5AF|
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