MB 351: General Microbiology

Instructor: Markéta Marečková
Credits: 3
GEP: Natural Sciences

*Prerequisite: One Biology course [BIO 181, BIO 183, ZO 150 or ZO 160] and one Organic Chemistry course [CH 221 or CH 220]

Course Description

Rigorous introduction to basic principles of microbiology for students in biological and agricultural sciences and for all students planning to take further courses in microbiology.

Learning Outcomes

  • Three domains of life. To understand how they are defined and how they share functions in nature.
  • To discriminate between phylogeny and taxonomy in microorganisms. To know what are the methods used in microorganism determination. What the problems are and how to resolve them in the future.
  • Central dogma. To realize the unity of life (including the differences) and recognize the importance of information molecules in molecular methods.
  • Diversity of microbial metabolism. To connect different microbial metabolisms with responsible taxa, location in nature and function in respective nutrient cycling. To identify electron donors, acceptors, carbon source and respiration types for different microbial guilds.
  • Microbial communities. To know what environmental factors determine their structure in major biomes, soil and water.
  • Microbial interactions, beneficial or harmful, in different environments including humans.
  • To learn how to perceive the environment as if being a microbe.
  • To describe microbial strategies as a (human) pathogen. Most dangerous pathogens, diagnosis and treatments.
  • Secondary metabolites, why they are not secondary and what roles they may have.
  • To imagine various “novel” services, which can be supplied by microbes to humans. To understand the principle of those already known and used.