bio237 - Basics in Microbiology (Complete module description)

bio237 - Basics in Microbiology (Complete module description)

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Module label Basics in Microbiology
Modulkürzel bio237
Credit points 3.0 KP
Workload 90 h
Institute directory Institute for Biology and Environmental Sciences
Verwendbarkeit des Moduls
  • Bachelor's Programme Biology (Bachelor) > Aufbaumodule
  • Dual-Subject Bachelor's Programme Biology (Bachelor) > Aufbaumodule
  • Dual-Subject Bachelor's Programme Biology (Bachelor) > Basismodule
Zuständige Personen
  • Rabus, Ralf Andreas (module responsibility)
  • Rabus, Ralf Andreas (Prüfungsberechtigt)
Skills to be acquired in this module

++ biological knowledge

++ knowledge of biological working methods

++ biologically relevant knowledge in the natural sciences and mathematics

+ deepened expertise in biological specialist field

+ independent learning and (research-based) working 

The students acquire microbiological expertise  
Module contents


History, principle of smallness, importance


Growth, forms of reproduction, life cycles, phytopathogens, mycorrhiza, lichens.


Technical handling, development, lytic/lysogenic cycle, structure, classification, examples.

Prokaryotic cell:

Microscopy, cell wall of Gram positive/negative bacteria, cytoplasmic membrane, cytoskeleton, compartments, storage substances, flagella, fimbriae, pili, cellulosome, endospores, heterocysts.


Central metabolic pathways, degradation of organic compounds, oxidation of inorganic compounds (chemolithotrophy), microbial fermentations, anaerobic respiration, phototrophic lifestyle.

Diversity, evolution and systematics:

Diversity concept, components of systematics, evolutionary mechanisms, Archaea, deep branching Bacteria, Firmicutes, Actinobacteria, Cyanobacteria, Spirochaetae, PVC superphylum, Proteobacteria (alpha, beta, gamma, delta and epsilon), et al.

Fuchs, Allgemeine Mikrobiologie, Thieme Verlag
Language of instruction German
Duration (semesters) 1. Sommersemesterhäfte Semester
Module frequency jährlich
Module capacity unlimited
Type of module Pflicht / Mandatory
Module level AC (Aufbaucurriculum / Composition)
Form of instruction Comment SWS Frequency Workload of compulsory attendance
Lecture 2 SoSe 0
Exercises SoSe oder WiSe 0
Präsenzzeit Modul insgesamt 0 h
Examination Prüfungszeiten Type of examination
Final exam of module
im Anschluss an den Veranstaltungsteil
written exam