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mar510 - Molecular Mechanisms and Interactions (Complete module description)
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Module label Molecular Mechanisms and Interactions
Module abbreviation mar510
Credit points 12.0 KP
Workload 360 h
Institute directory Institute for Chemistry and Biology of the Marine Environment
Applicability of the module
  • Master's Programme Microbiology (Master) > Mastermodule
Responsible persons
  • Rabus, Ralf Andreas (module responsibility)
  • der Mikrobiologie, Lehrende (Module counselling)
Skills to be acquired in this module
The students know the molecular mechanisms of metabolism, genetics and evolution. They know regulatory mechanisms on the molecular level and feedback mechanisms between organisms. They know the basics of microbial ecology and the biogeochemistry of important microbial habitats. They know molecular and chemical-analytical methods of microbiology. The have experience with the field study of microorganisms.
Module contents

Lecture + exercises: Molecular Microbiology

Part I on DNA: structure, DNA-proteins, DNA-replication, recombination, transposition, mutation, repair,

plasmids and DNA-exchange

Part II on gene expression: transcription, regulation of transcription, translation

Part III on enzymes: protein structures, basic concepts and kinetics, catalytic and regulatory strategies

Part IV on regulatory networks: diauxie and catabolite repression, oxygen regulation, chemotaxis

Lecture + exercises: Microbial Ecology

Principles of biogeochemistry, global element cycles, mineralization of organic substances, chemotaxis, aquatic

habitats, terrestrial habitats, deep subsurface biosphere, syntrophy and symbiosis, microbes in earth history,

methods in microbial ecology, isotope fractionation, applied microbiology, bioremediation

Broadening Lecture: Scientific writing and presentation

Presentation and analysis of structure und style of scientific publications, presentation and discussion of own

written elaborations

Excursions into the field

Recommended reading

Molecular Microbiology :

Stryer – Biochemistry

Voet – Biochemistry

Knippers – Molekulare Genetik

Snyder – Molecular Genetics of Bacteria

Brock - Microbiology

Language of instruction English
Duration (semesters) 1 Semester
Module frequency jährlich
Module capacity unlimited
Module level
Type of module Wahlpflicht / Elective
Teaching/Learning method Lecture + Exercises: Molecular microbiology, (2 +1 SPPW, 3 CP)
Lecture + Exercises: Sediment microbiology, (2 +1 SPPW, 3 CP)
Lecture + Exercises: Microbial ecology (2 + 1 SPPW, 3 CP)
Broadening lecture: Scientific writing and presentation (2 SPPW, 3 CP)
Excursion (1 CP)
Microbiological + ICBM Colloquium (2 CP)
Previous knowledge none
Type of course Comment SWS Frequency Workload of compulsory attendance
Lecture 4 56
Exercises 2 28
Seminar 2 28
Study trip 1 14
Total module attendance time 126 h
Examination Examination times Type of examination
Final exam of module
At the end of the lecture period, the exact date will be announced during the course.
Two written tests about the contents of the lectures 'Molecular Microbiology' and 'Microbial Ecology'.

At least 50 % of the reachable points in written tests about the two lectures mentioned above. 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.)