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mar510 - Molecular Mechanisms and Interactions (Complete module description)
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Module label Molecular Mechanisms and Interactions
Module code 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
der Mikrobiologie, Lehrende (Module counselling)
Rabus, Ralf Andreas (Module responsibility)
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
Reader's advisory
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
Reference text
12 CP | VL; Ü; KO; EX | 2. FS | Rabus
Modullevel / module level ---
Modulart / typ of module Wahlpflicht / Elective
Lehr-/Lernform / Teaching/Learning method Lecture + Exercises: Molecular 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)
Vorkenntnisse / Previous knowledge none
Course type Comment SWS Frequency Workload of compulsory attendance
4 56
2 28
2 28
Study trip
1 14
Total time of attendance for the module 126 h
Examination Time of examination 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.)