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concepts of MICROBIOLOGY

The aim of this component on microbiology is to enable you to understand the concepts underlying the biology of microbes. We will achieve this aim by examining aspects of their biology that differentiate microbes from larger organisms. We revise and build on previous material on the structure and evolution of the cell. This component finishes with some extension material on competition. By the end of the unit you will be expected to apply these concepts to any practical situation and develop a response to a problem or issue that involves microbes. This means you need to be able to recall, integrate and apply information and concepts from this part of the unit. Please be aware that the structure of this electronic learning resource does not strictly follow the lectures, though the underlying concepts are exactly the same.

The concepts covered are:

The resource has three approaches to enable you to develop understanding. The text has images and simple movies that illustrate points we wish you to understand. The language of microbiology may be tested by completing the drag and drop exercises which are embedded in the text. To aide your understanding of the concept, the materials that follow are divided into five parts, each of which has questions that require you to think across more than one part or subpart. A possible response is available for each question, and it aims to guide your thinking. You are expected to evaluate your own responses to these open ended questions.

Part 1: Evolution of Microbes (for revision)
Part 2: Diversity of Microbes
Part 3: Nutrition of Microbes
Part 4: Reproduction of Microbes
Part 5: Competition between Microbes (for extension)

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