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2020/21 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

MICR1320 Skills for Microbiologists

40 creditsClass Size: 60

Module manager: Dr Christopher Randall
Email: c.p.randall@leeds.ac.uk

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2020/21

Co-requisites

MICR1120Introduction to Microbiology
MICR1220Introduction to Immunology

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Objectives

To provide training in data collection, experimental techniques relevant to microbial sciences, the analysis of numerical data, solving problems, teamwork and presentation skills.

Learning outcomes
At the end of the module students will be able to:
- use a range of laboratory equipment and practical techniques current to microbial science and biochemistry, design simple controlled experiments and record, analyse and interpret experimental data.
- demonstrate an appreciation of the approaches used to study microbial sciences and biochemistry, and feel confident in the handling of numerical data and simple mathematical transformations thereof.

Students will be given advice on how to produce a curriculum vitae and will be made aware of employability issues.

Skills outcomes
- Managing knowledge; data evaluation and problem solving, sourcing, selecting & interpreting data.
- Technical competence; laboratory techniques, experimental design, and analysing data, accuracy and IT skills.
- Managing self; planning, time management, employability planning.
- Managing relationships; teamwork, decision taking, learning from others; sharing; receiving critique.
- Presentation skills; lab reports, written answers, oral presentations.


Syllabus

Students will undertake a range of experiments using essential microbiological techniques including aseptic technique, microscopy and staining to explore the microbial world and its exploitation by humans. Students will also undertake a range of experiments using essential biochemical, microbiological and molecular techniques including spectrophotometry, electrophoresis, separation techniques, chromatography and PCR.

Through these experiments they will develop their technical competence, learn to analyse and interpret different types of data, and record and present these appropriately. There will also be opportunities to develop skills in experimental design, and to develop an understanding of safe laboratory practice.

Students will also participate in tutorials to develop their ability to
(i) handle, transform and interpret numerical data,
(ii) interpret information and experimental data in order to solve microbiological problems, and
(iii) source material in the library, build libraries of references and present work orally.

Tutorials will also focus on personal development. The course will consist of a mix of small group tutorials library - or computer-based classes and practical classes. Practical and tutorial attendance and the completion of all work are compulsory.

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Practical403.00120.00
Tutorial201.0020.00
Private study hours260.00
Total Contact hours140.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)400.00

Private study

Preparation for practical sessions and tutorials, annotation of laboratory note book, problem solving and report writing. Revision for MRQs

Preparation for lab and private study - 140 hours
Preparation for tutorials and private study - 60 hours
On-line practice and learning - 20 hours
Preparation for and presentation of essays and oral presentation - 40 hours.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

- Practical classes take place in Semester 2.
- Tutorials delivered via Collaborate and monitored.
- Some practicals converted to online data handling exercises augmented with video demonstration.
- Core practical classes delivered in Semester 2 and student progress monitored through weekly checking of laboratory books/pro formas, and supervision by demonstrators during laboratory sessions.

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information


Coursework
Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Practical ReportPractical report in Semester 117.50
Practical ReportPractical report in Semester 217.50
Online AssessmentOnline tutorial assessment (engagement)2.50
Essay1000 word essay on topic set by personal tutor30.00
In-course MCQ1 x MRQ covering microscopy10.00
In-course AssessmentMicrobiology skills assessment10.00
Oral Presentation10 minute oral presentation12.50
Practical Report1 x formative practical report0.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 05/10/2020

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