Introduction to Microbiolgy

Fundamental biochemical processes taking place inside cells.


BSc Biological Sciences, BSc Human Biology


Year One

20 Credits

A broad introduction to microbiology with a focus on infectious disease. The module starts with an introduction to microbial lifestyles and the key features of the different types of microbial cell. It will look at the major microbial groups: bacteria, fungi, protists, archea and viruses. The latter part of the module will concentrate on medical microbiology and consider how microbes cause disease and strategies for treatment.Lab practicals will provide opportunities to develop skills in handling, isolating and growing different types of microorganisms as well as introducing methods for analysing the effect of different growth conditions.


Lectures, seminars, practical classes and workshops, guided independent study


Continuous Assessment : Coursework (30%)
Examination : Exam (Centrally Timetabled) - Written Unseen (70%)