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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 driving processes in the environment and affecting the physiology and health of plants, animal and human 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 plant, animal and human hosts (microbiomics) and how the knowledge gained from studying microbiota can aid understanding of global change, or be exploited to achieve progress in agriculture, biotechnology and human health.

Principal learning outcomes

After taking this module, students 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, 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. · 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

Module duration (weeks): 2 Lectures: 14 Tutorials: 6 Practical Class/Workshops: 6

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Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
10 CATS (Module code: HR926-10)
A2 (Assessed work only) In-module Test 40%
  Poster 60%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:

  • Postgraduate Taught Environmental Bioscience in a Changing Climate (D4A1) - Year 1
Optional Core
  • Postgraduate Taught Sustainable Crop Production: Agronomy for the 21st Century (D4A2) - Year 1
  • Postgraduate Taught Food Security (D4A3) - Year 1
  • Postgraduate Medical Biotechnology and Business Management (J7N2) - Year 1
  • Postgraduate Taught Integrative Bioscience (C1PK) - Year 1
  • Postgraduate Taught Biotechnology, Bioprocessing and Business Management (C5N2) - Year 1
  • Postgraduate Taught Scientific Research and Communication (F1PE) - Year 1