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SCN1031841, A.A. 2018/19

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2018/19

Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
IF0360, Degree course structure A.Y. 2013/14, A.Y. 2018/19
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination MARINE MICROBIOLOGY
Website of the academic structure
Department of reference Department of Biology
Mandatory attendance
Language of instruction English
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Teacher in charge PAOLA VENIER BIO/19

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses BIO/19 General Microbiology 6.0

Course unit organization
Period First semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Practice 1.0 16 9.0 No turn
Lecture 5.0 40 85.0 No turn

Start of activities 01/10/2018
End of activities 18/01/2019
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2013 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
8 MICROBIOLOGIA MARINA 2018-2019 01/10/2018 30/09/2020 VENIER PAOLA (Presidente)
MARIN MARIA (Membro Effettivo)
ZANE LORENZO (Supplente)
7  MICROBIOLOGIA MARINA 2017/2018 01/10/2017 25/11/2018 VENIER PAOLA (Presidente)
MARIN MARIA (Membro Effettivo)
ZANE LORENZO (Supplente)

Prerequisites: Essentials of Microbiology, Biochemistry, Genetics.
Target skills and knowledge: At the end of the course, the student should 1) know the general features of main marine microorganisms; 2) discuss their molecular and morpho-functional biodiversity (in general, with examples, mentioning research methods); 3) exemplify relevant roles of prokaryotes, microeukaryotes and viruses in the marine trophic net and in the cycling of C, N, S, Fe and P; 4) have gained knowledge on microorganism’s adaptive strategies and interactions in the variety of marine habitats; 5) have gained knowledge on problems due to marine microorganisms and the potential biotechnological value of the latter.
Examination methods: Depending on the number of listed students, the exam will be a written questionnaire (up to 20 answers to be completed /multiple-choice /free-text) or a comprehensive interview on the general course concepts and specific topics proposed to the class.
Assessment criteria: Assessment of: 1) level of knowledge acquired on marine microorganisms, 2) understanding facts and processes involving marine microorganisms, 3) effective answers and interdisciplinary reasoning, 4) positive interactions during the course.
Course unit contents: The course contents could be modulated according to the starting knowledge and curiosity of the students.
Introduction to Marine microbiology. Main types of marine microorganisms in relation to the variety of habitats and dynamic features of seas and oceans. Investigation methods in the time (e.g. cultures, microscopy, flow cytometry, biochemical typing, analyses based on the identification of nucleic acids and proteins) (1 CFU).
Marine Bacteria and Archea: molecular diversity, examples of morpho-functional features (1 CFU)
Marine microeukaryotes, marine viruses: molecular diversity, examples of morpho-functional features (1 CFU).
Metabolic types, ecophysiology and interactions in marine microorganisms, with attention to: production/decomposition of particulate (POM) and dissolved (DOM) organic matter, microbial and viral loops, biogeochemical cycles (1.5 CFU). Microbial biofilms. Quality assessment of coastal waters: microorganisms pathogenic to humans and current regulations. Biotechnological potential of marine microorganisms (0.5 CFU).
Practice in laboratory and informatics rooms (1 CFU).
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The course comprises: 1) interactive lessons (general concepts and information with examples, questions, suggestions for the individual study, critical evaluation of documents and data) and 2) other activities (assessment of the starting level, teamwork, practice in laboratory/informatics rooms, simulation of exam questions) aimed to achieve knowledge and skills for the identification and study of specific marine microorganisms and their communities.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Textbooks, scientific papers and regulations, lecture files as a study guide.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • C. Munn, Marine microbiology ecology and applications. London: New York, Bios, 2011. 2nd Ed Cerca nel catalogo
  • J.M. Gasol, D.L. Kirchman, Microbial Ecology of the Oceans. Hoboken, N.J., U.S.A.: Wiley-Blackwell, 2018. 3rd Ed Cerca nel catalogo
  • M. T. Madigan et al., Brock. Biologia dei Microrganismi. Microbiologia generale, ambientale e industriale. Milano, Italia: Pearson, 2016. 14th Ed Cerca nel catalogo
  • R. Danovaro, Biologia marina. Biodiversità e funzionamento degli ecosistemi marini. [Torino]: CittàStudi (De Agostini), 2013. Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Laboratory
  • Case study
  • Interactive lecturing
  • Working in group
  • Questioning
  • Story telling

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Responsible Consumption and Production Life Below Water