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HR926 - Microbiomics and Metagenomics

  • Module code: HR926
  • Module name: Microbiomics and Metagenomics
  • Department: School of Life Sciences
  • Credit: 10

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

The aim of this module is to provide students with an understanding of the role of environmental and host associated microbial communities in the driving processes in the environment and affecting the physiology of plant and animal hosts. High throughput methodologies including next generation sequencing approaches have revolutionised the study of microbial diversity and function by metagenomics approaches. This module will provide students with the understanding of microbial diversity, the functional roles that microorganisms have both in the environment and in association with human, animal and plant hosts (microbiomics) and how the knowledge gained from studying microbiota can potentially be exploited in the context of global change, food security, biotechnology and human health.

Principal learning outcomes

By the end of the module the student should be able to: Discuss the diverse roles that microorganisms have in the functioning of the biosphere, both as 'free-living' environmental microorganisms, in engineered systems and biotechnology, as well as in association with plant, animal and human hosts; Discuss the role of microbial consortia in diverse environments, including the human gut, industrial processes and the natural environment; Evaluate the importance of microbial consortia in human nutrition, infection, and their role in industrial plant hygiene and product contamination; demonstrate awareness of issues related to the efficacy of biocides and antibiotics on microbial consortia; Critically evaluate how different methodological approaches can help to dissect structure/function relationships in microbial communities and identify the biases associated with different methods; Autonomously interpret original research outputs of advanced microbiomics studies and critically evaluate the findings.

Timetabled teaching activities

Lectures 12 hours in total; Tutorials 2 hours in total; Workshops 4 hours in total

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Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
10 CATS (Module code: HR926-10)
A1 (Assessed work only) Assessed Course Work 40%
Assessed Course Work 60%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:



Optional Core


  • Postgraduate Medical Biotechnology and Business Management (J7N2) - Year 1