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mar550 - Profile Module Physiology of bacteria (Complete module description)
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Module label Profile Module Physiology of bacteria
Module code mar550
Credit points 6.0 KP
Workload 180 h
Institute directory Institute for Chemistry and Biology of the Marine Environment
Applicability of the module
  • Master's Programme Microbiology (Master) > Mastermodule
Responsible persons
Könneke, Martin (Module responsibility)
Engelen, Bert (Module counselling)
Lecture: Physiology and diversity of prokaryotes
Skills to be acquired in this module
The students know how to
  • cultivate bacteria and generate pure cultures
  • determine the live count
  • prepare and use washed cell suspensions for experiments
  • measure bacterial activity (respiration, proton translocation, transport processes) and growth
  • use and understand the functioning electrodes (pH, O2) and photometers
  • use a microscope and take digital microphotographs
  • quantitatively rely growth, energy metabolism and fundamental physiological processes
  • understand the action of inhibitors
  • present and discuss scientific results
  • write a scientific protocol
Module contents
Physiology of bacteria: The course starts with an introductory seminar every morning. One enrichment and isolation experiment will be performed over 10 days. Four physiological experiments are done over two day´s round robin. The following processes are analyzed: Growth under oxic and anoxic conditions, respiration with complex and monomer substrates, respiration-driven proton translocation, transport of ions.
Reader's advisory
will be announced
Language of instruction English
Duration (semesters) 1 Semester
Module frequency jährlich
Module capacity unlimited
Reference text
6 CP | SE; PR | 1. or 3. FS | Cypionka
Modullevel / module level
Modulart / typ of module Wahlpflicht / Elective
Lehr-/Lernform / Teaching/Learning method Block course, 2 weeks; practical course (4 SPPW) and seminar (1 SPPW)
Vorkenntnisse / Previous knowledge Lecture: Physiology and diversity of prokaryotes
Course type Comment SWS Frequency Workload of compulsory attendance
1 14
Practical training
4 56
Total time of attendance for the module 70 h
Examination Time of examination Type of examination
Final exam of module
Will be announced during the course
One assessment of examination:
Portfolio (seminar presentation, written protocol)

Protocol (100 %), seminar presentation (no mark). Active participation (Active and documented participation in practical courses (labs, exercises, seminars, field trips) and courses. These include e.g. the delivery of exercises, writing a lab report or seminar presentations according to the advice of the course supervisor.)