General Microbiology

LBIR1350  2019-2020  Louvain-la-Neuve

General Microbiology
4.0 credits
37.5 h + 15.0 h


In order to achieve the objectives of this course, the following themes will be developed, in an integrated manner:

- The microbial world in the reality of its size and diversity, the multiplicity of its habitats and relationships with the environment, including the other organisms.

- The world of viruses and bacteriophages and the methods developed for their use or control.

- The potential of genetic adaptation of microbes and, in particular, the specificity of their sexuality.

- The strategies allowing the most efficient control of micro-organisms, using either prophylactic or curative methods.

- The industrial use of microbes in the fields of agro-food industry, environment or medicine.

- The past, present and future use of micro-organisms in biological engineering.

The main objectives of the practical work, mostly performed by the students themselves, are: i) macroscopic and microscopic observations of bacteria, fungi and bacteriophages, and ii) the use of the basic techniques of descriptive microbiology.

Teaching methods

- The main activity is given as ex cathedra courses, which include many practical examples and case studies, taken from human and animal health, the environment or biotechnological applications.

- At the beginning of each lecture, a recapitulation (ca. 15 min) of the main messages from the previous course is given in English.

- On a voluntary basis, a dozen students have the possibility to present, at the end of each course, a « Microstory » (ca. 15 min), dealing with aspects related to the course.

- Practical work (mandatory activity):

> Groups of 2 students,

> Case study under the supervision of an assistant/technician team,

> Each student has the opportunity to perform the main basic operations related to the observation and control of the micro-organisms,

> Writing of an individual report, in the laboratory notebook.

Evaluation methods

- Oral exam (with a written preparation) containing three parts:

> A theoretical development of a specific section of the course,

> An development requiring the integration of different parts of the course,

> A series of definitions/concepts calling for short answers.

- Evaluation of the presentation made by certain students (on a voluntary basis) that have presented a Microstory (see above), on a subject related to the course and chosen in interaction with the teacher. This evaluation replaces part of the question dealing with the definitions/concepts

  • Dias du cours sur MOODLE

Willey, J., Sherwood, L., & Woolverton C. (2008) Prescott/Harley/Klein's Microbiology (7th Edition) WCB McGraw-Hill Publishers 1,216 pp. - ISBN-13 9780073302089.

Madigan, M., Brock, T., Martinko, J.M., Dunlap, P. & Clark, D.P. (2008) Brock Biology of Microorganisms (12th Edition) Benjamin-Cummings Publishing Company Hardback – 1,136 pp - ISBN 0132324601.

Faculty or entity

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Program title
Minor in Scientific Culture

Bachelor in Bioengineering