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    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.

    About this paper

    Paper title Microbes in Action
    Subject Microbiology
    EFTS 0.15
    Points 18 points
    Teaching period Semester 2 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $1,173.30
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    Prerequisite
    CELS 191 and (CHEM 111 or CHEM 191) and 72 further points
    Recommended Preparation
    MICR 221
    Schedule C
    Science
    Eligibility
    This paper is appropriate for students majoring in Microbiology and all biological and health sciences.
    Contact

    MICR 222 Convenor: Associate Professor Sergio Morales (sergio.morales@otago.ac.nz)

    Teaching staff

    Convenor: Associate Professor Sergio Morales

    Paper 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

    Assessment:

    • Lecture test 15%
    • Laboratory test 15%
    • 3-hour final exam 70%

    Teaching Arrangements

    Thirty-one lectures and seven 4-hour laboratory sessions.

    Textbooks

    Required: Prescott's Microbiology by Wiley, Sandman and Wood, 12th edition, 2023, McGraw-Hill Publishers.
    ISBN: 978-1-265-12303-1

    Recommended: Kuby Immunology, published by Palgrave Macmillan. 8th edition, 2019.

    Course outline

    View the MICR 222 course outline

    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Lifelong learning, Communication, Critical thinking, Environmental literacy, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
    View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
    Learning Outcomes

    Students who successfully complete this paper will:

    • 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

    Timetable

    Semester 2

    Location
    Dunedin
    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system
    Blackboard

    Lecture

    Stream Days Times Weeks
    Attend
    A1 Monday 11:00-11:50 29-35, 37-42
    AND
    B1 Tuesday 11:00-11:50 29-35, 37-42
    AND
    C1 Wednesday 11:00-11:50 29-34

    Practical

    Stream Days Times Weeks
    Attend one stream from
    A1 Tuesday 14:00-17:50 29, 33-35, 40-42
    A3 Thursday 14:00-17:50 29, 33-35, 40-42
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