MICR40090 Systems Biology of Microorganisms

Academic Year 2024/2025

The field of systems biology focuses on the components of a biological system, their interactions and how these interactions give rise to a functional cell. The field relies on the advances in genomic, proteomics, transcriptomics and metabolomics as well as in computer science and mathematics to describe a cell and cell processes. Systems biology is a key field of study that will transform biology over the coming decades. This module will provide an overview of the rapidly expanding field of systems biology as it relates to microorganisms.This is an advanced module assuming level 3 knowledge regarding genetics, microbiology and metabolism. It is strongly recommended that students have succesfully completed BMOL30030 'Regulation of Gene Expression'

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Learning Outcomes:

1. Explain the basic concepts of systems biology2. Describe the methodologies applied in systems biology as they apply to microorganisms3. Explain how the data provided by individual approaches are integrated to provide a description of a living cell

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Autonomous Student Learning




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Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Recommendations:

It is strongl;y recommended that students have succesfully completed an adavnced genetics module such as BMOL30030 or equivalent. Students need to have an understanding of Biochemistry/Microbiology/Pharmacology or equivalent at level 3

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Systems Microbiology (INDM40090)

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Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade

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Resit In Terminal Exam
Summer Yes - 2 Hour
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Name Role
Professor Stephen Gordon Lecturer / Co-Lecturer