Fall 2021 - BISC 475 D100
Special Topics in Biology (3)
Class Number: 3660
Delivery Method: In Person
Selected topics not currently offered in the Department of Biological Sciences.
This course is an overview of environmental and applied microbiology. It will consist of a combination of lectures, discussion of primary literature and completion of a project on a relevant topic of student’s choosing. Lecture topics will include microbial growth and kinetics, thermodynamics and microbial metabolism, biogeochemical cycling, microbial ecology, and applied microbiology.
The tutorial will familiarize students with methods for analysing microbial communities, and the associated data analysis including qPCR, flow cytometry and 16S rRNA gene amplicon sequencing.
Have an in-depth understanding of growth, metabolism and energy conservation in microorganisms
Understand basic ecological and evolutionary processes that impact microbes
Discuss and describe the contribution of microorganisms to global biogeochemical cycling and provisioning of ecosystem services
Be familiar with biotechnological applications of microbial communities in natural and engineered environments
Have in-depth knowledge of the roles of microorganisms in the natural process or biotechnological application of your choosing
Critically read papers related to environmental and industrial microbiology
Effectively communicate scientific information in oral and written formats
Analyse microbial community datasets using appropriate methods
- Midterm exam: 30%
- Final exam: 15%
- Tutorial assignments: 25%
- Project: 30%
Lecture: In person, synchronous
Tutorial: In person, synchronous
Midterm: In person, synchronous, Date: TBA
Final exam: In person, synchronous
BISC 303 with a grade of at least C- or permission of the instructor. A basic knowledge of microbiology is required.
Effective immediately, the Department of Biological Sciences is adopting a mandatory mask policy for all areas under Biology’s control and in spaces elsewhere where Biology faculty teach, applying to everyone regardless of vaccination status.
There is no official course textbook. Readings will be assigned from a variety of sources including textbooks and primary literature. Recommended readings/ course resources include Brock Biology of Microorganisms 15th Ed., The physiology and biochemistry of microorganisms, D. White 4th Ed., and Environmental Microbiology: From Genomes to Biochemistry, E. Madsen 2nd Ed.
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TEACHING AT SFU IN FALL 2021
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