Small and Mighty: Introduction to Microbiology
Understand the basics of microbiology and explore the diversity of microbial life in our world.
Who is the course for?
This course is for anyone interested in microbiology. There should be something for everyone – whether you are coming to the course with a fair amount of previous knowledge, or none at all. There will be plenty of help available for those who are completely new to the subject. The course will be of particular interest to those who are studying biology at school or considering applying to a microbiology degree.
What will you achieve?
By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to…
Describe the key differences between the five groups of microbe.
Explain how microbes replicate and why environmental conditions affect where they live.
Differentiate between beneficial and harmful effects of microbes.
Discuss ways that microbiology research has, and will continue to, benefit human health, food production and the environment.
Explain how microbes evolve and discuss the potential implications of this on the future health of the population and our planet.
Conduct simple microbiology experiments and analyse the results in order to draw conclusions.