Credits: 5

Schedule: 12.09.2019 - 25.10.2019

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Katrina Nordström

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation): 

Credits: 5

Schedule: 12.09.2019 - 18.10.2019 (note exam date is 25.10.) 

Teacher in charge

Katrina Nordström, professor (katrina.nordstrom@aalto.fi)

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation): 

Please see "Materials" Start and Course information.






Teaching Period (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

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Learning Outcomes (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

After the course the student has the ability to:

1. present the structure and physiology of pro- and eukaryotic micro-organisms

2. list the principles of cell growth and underlying intrinsic and extrinsic factors which influence microbial growth including adaptation and sensing

3. describe  human - microbe interactions,  cell-cell interactions, pathogenicity and antimicrobial control measures

4. present examples of the application of micro-organisms in industry and related applied microbiology

Content (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

The course deepens the students' previous knowledge in cell biology and biosicences by providing a more detailed view into systematic and applied microbiology.  The focus is on slected microvbes only, mainly bacteria, with some general topics on viruses and eukaryotes.  The course aims at illustrating the interactions between humans and microbes, the growth environment and parameters influencign growth, in view of understanding microbial physiology and interactions. The course covers biomedical food and applied aspects of microbiology, by using selected case-examples.

This is a M.Sc. level course that will not cover the basics of cell structure and function.  It is expected that students have sufficient background knowledge of the basic structure and function of pro- and eukaryotic cells.

Details on the course content (applies in this implementation): 

This course assumes that you have good knowledge of basic cell

structure and function. Therefore the introduction to micro-organisms

will be short.  In previous years, students have given feedback which

has indicated that students have already completed previous courses on

introductory cell structure and function .  Therefore, students who need

more background on these topics should independently study and review

in more detail Chapter 2, Microbial Cell Structure (included in the

course requirements), and Chapter 5 Microbial Growth (not included in

the course requirements).

Learning Outcomes (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

After the course the student has the ability to:

1. present the structure and physiology of pro- and eukaryotic micro-organisms

2. list the principles of cell growth and underlying intrinsic and extrinsic factors which influence microbial growth including adaptation and sensing

3. describe  human - microbe interactions,  cell-cell interactions, pathogenicity and antimicrobial control measures

4. present examples of the application of micro-organisms in industry and related applied microbiology

Content (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

The course deepens the students' previous knowledge in cell biology and biosciences by providing a more detailed view into systematic and applied microbiology.  The focus is on selected microbes only, mainly bacteria, with some general topics on viruses and eukaryotes.  The course aims at illustrating the interactions between humans and microbes, the growth environment and parameters influencing growth, in view of understanding microbial physiology and interactions. The course covers biomedical food and applied aspects of microbiology, by using selected case-examples.

This is a M.Sc. level course that will not cover the basics of cell structure and function.  It is expected that students have sufficient background knowledge of the basic structure and function of pro- and eukaryotic cells.

Details on the course content (applies in this implementation): 

Information is available in the section "Materials" power points (MyCourses) on Start and Course information.  In summary, we will focus on microbe - human interactions, with focus on microbes in health and disease.  We cover bacteria and viruses, and focus on microbial physiology, immunology, diagnostics, and other health related topics, with case-examples of most important microbial pathogens.


Assessment Methods and Criteria (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

The course consists of lectures and assignments that are available in the electronic course materials.  Assessment is based on points obtained from the 1) written examination (80%) and 2) the electronic assignments (20%).

Elaboration of the evaluation criteria and methods, and acquainting students with the evaluation (applies in this implementation): 

Assessment Methods and Criteria (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

The course consists of lectures and assignments that are available in the electronic course materials.  Assessment is based on points obtained from the 1) written examination and 2) the electronic assignments.

Elaboration of the evaluation criteria and methods, and acquainting students with the evaluation (applies in this implementation): 

The course evaluation (your grade) is based on 1) completion of electronic assignments and 2) written exam.  See below for more information on these (can also be found in the Materials - section here in MY Courses).

The original web-oodi description states that the exam is 80% of the grade and the electronic assignments are 20% of the grade; however in the fall of 2019, the following grading is used:  75% points exam + 25% points electronic assignments - please see The Materials - section of MYCOURSES (power points) for the calculation of the points for the assignments.  

Please Note that you must complete the assignments (at least 20 points is required for completion of the course).  So in order to get a grade you must do at least some assignments.  They are not difficult and you can start doing them at your own rate 12.9. onwards. The deadline is 20.10. 2019 

Workload (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Total 135h = 5cr

Lectures 24 h

Assignments 30 h

Other independent studying 77 h

Exam 4 h




Workload (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Total 135h = 5cr

Lectures 24 h

Assignments 30 h

Other independent studying 77 h

Exam 4 h

Details on calculating the workload (applies in this implementation): 

Details on calculating the workload (applies in this implementation): 

Lectures will take a total of 24 hours, 2 x 2h weekly x 6 weeks.

Assignments:  Estimated that you will need to reserve  a minimum of 2 hours /per week for the electronic assignments; there are 100 assignments, but some of them are very quickly done, they range in minutes to about 20 minutes. So, we could estimate that you need to reserve 2 x 6 h for the assignments (a minimum) - total 12 h. To be on the safe side, you may wish to allocate 3 hours to the assignments, some 18 h total (so a bit less than in the original oodi).

We are covering a total of 10 Chapters from the textbook.  Brock , Biology of Micro-organisms, 15th edition.  This is in electronic format, so you do not have to buy the book.  It is important to read the chapters.  The terminology can be sometimes a challenge, but please feel free to ask the lecturer if you need help with terminology.  It is hard to estimate how much time it takes to read for the exam, but it would be good to allocate 1-2hr/week for reading the chapter that we have covered in the lecture. Immunology may take more time to read, if you are not acquainted with the topic before.

The lecturer will also post examples of exam - questions in MY Courses at about mid-way through the course.  From these questions some will also be in the exam, so you can practice in advance and get a feel for what type of questions will be in the exam.  


Study Material (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Pearson Mastering Microbiology, electronic materials with electronic textbook provided for students: Brock, Biology of Microorganisms.  Students will get free access to the electronic textbook and the electronic assignments. No need to buy the book. 

 

 

Details on the course materials (applies in this implementation): 

Details on the course materials (applies in this implementation): 

Electronic

textbook:  Brock, biology of Micro-organisms.  Completion of electronic

assignments is also required for course completion, more information in

the Start and Course information materials.

NOTE

1: All course lectures are here in MyCourses, and they are also in the

Course Materials of the Pearson Electronic Mastering Microbiology -

learning environment. 

NOTE 2:  The required course assignments

ARE ONLY IN THE ELECTRONIC Mastering Microbiology learning environment. 

The assignments can only be opened as of September 12th onwards, and

you must complete the assignments by Sunday October 20th at 24:00.  The

assignments can not be reopened after the deadline and no extra or

compensating assignments are offered. 

NOTE 3:  The textbook

(reading required for the written exam) is available in Mastering

Microbiology in an electronic format. The lecturer has no paper-copies

of the book.


Course Homepage (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

https://mycourses.aalto.fi/course/search.php?search=CHEM-E3120

Prerequisites (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Recommended CHEM-C2300 Cell and Molecular biology or equivalent; CHEM-E3100 Biochemistry or equivalent (can be ongoing). Note that a good level of understanding of cell biology  is necessary.

 

Grading Scale (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Fail, 1 – 5 grading is based on assignments (25%) and exam (75%). Assignments must completed according to the required deadlines, and failure to comply with deadlines will results in forfeiting the 20% for the final grading.

Registration for Courses (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

WebOodi



Course Homepage (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

https://mycourses.aalto.fi/course/search.php?search=CHEM-E3120

Prerequisites (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Recommended CHEM-C2300 Cell and Molecular biology or equivalent; CHEM-E3100 Biochemistry or equivalent (can be ongoing). Note that a good level of understanding of cell biology  is necessary.

 

Grading Scale (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Fail, 1 – 5 grading is based on assignments (20%) and exam (80%). Assigments must compelted accroding to the required deadlines, and failure to comply with deadlines will results in forfeiting the 20% for the final grading.

Registration for Courses (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

WebOodi

Additional information for the course (applies in this implementation): 

See Course materials for 2019

Details on the schedule (applies in this implementation): 

Details on the schedule (applies in this implementation): 

There is an scheme about the schedule and the topics in the Materials section. We will proceed as planned, but some lecture topics may go faster, some slower.  However, I will try to keep to the timeline plan.


 

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