Microbes in Action

University of Otago

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Microbes in Action

  • Host University

    University of Otago

  • Location

    Dunedin, New Zealand

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    CELS 191 and CHEM 191 and 36 further 100-level points

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    The ecology and functional diversity of microorganisms in natural ecosystems and the use of microorganisms in bioremediation, biocontrol, and industrial processes.
    Microbes are in action all around us. You will gain a practical knowledge of the use of microorganisms in bioremediation for improving the environment; in plant health for the control of pests and diseases; and in industrial processes from pharmaceuticals to food and beverage production.

    Course Structure
    Lectures will cover the following areas:
    -Microbial evolution and ecology
    -Microbial interactions and biogeochemical cycles
    -Water microbiology and public health
    -Plant-microbe interactions
    -Putting microbes to work in the environment

    -Lecture test 15% (usually in week 5 of the semester)
    -Laboratory test 15% (usually in week 9 of the semester)
    -3-hour final exam 70%

    Learning Outcomes
    -Be able to demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of microbiology in preparation for advanced laboratory skills in 300-level and in graduate papers
    -Display a practical knowledge of fundamental and applied microbiology, with the ability to assimilate complex information on a spectrum of interdisciplinary topics and to use this knowledge for applications in the workplace
    -Develop an ability to communicate ideas about science

    Essential: Prescott's Microbiology by Wiley, Sherwood and Woolverton, 9th edition, 2014, McGraw-Hill Publishers

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