546-0399/02 – Microbiology I (MB I)

Gurantor departmentDepartment of Environmental EngineeringCredits5
Subject guarantordoc. Mgr. Hana Vojtková, Ph.D.Subject version guarantordoc. Mgr. Hana Vojtková, Ph.D.
Study levelundergraduate or graduate
Study languageEnglish
Year of introduction2018/2019Year of cancellation2020/2021
Intended for the facultiesHGFIntended for study typesBachelor
Instruction secured by
LoginNameTuitorTeacher giving lectures
VOJ195 doc. Mgr. Hana Vojtková, Ph.D.
Extent of instruction for forms of study
Form of studyWay of compl.Extent
Full-time Credit and Examination 2+2
Part-time Credit and Examination 6+6

Subject aims expressed by acquired skills and competences

Target competences lie in gaining new knowledge and its application in problem solving, observation, experiments and communication: - to characterize the attributes of prions, viruses and bacteria, to understand phylogenetic relations of the different groups, to learn about and to term characteristic organisms of the individual taxons and to understand the significance of pathogenic as well as non-pathogenic species - to apply the gained knowledge in dealing with practical tasks in seminars, to consider the consequences of a phenomenon from the environmental, sanitary as well as economic points of view; to build a positive attitude to nature - to be able to work independently on the set tasks, to observe and objectively record the experiment results, to adhere to safe (aseptic) work principles when working with biological material and technical equipment - to be able to work with expert/academic texts, to be familiar with the expert terminology, to be able to synthetize the obtained experimental data and to justify own approach in dealing with a biological problem

Teaching methods

Experimental work in labs


The course focuses on explaining the role of microorganisms in the system of live nature. Students gain information on the morphology and physiology of non-cellular organisms, basic groups of microorganisms, their role in the nature and mutual relations of microbial populations with an overview of fundamental pathogenic as well as non-pathogenic strains of microorganisms. Some lectures are dedicated to a practical utilization of microorganisms in industrial biotechnologies and their role in the formation and protection of the environment.

Compulsory literature:

BLACK, Jacquelyn G. Microbiology: Principles and Explorations. 7th edition. John Wiley and Sons, 2008. 846 p. ISBN: 978-0470107485 COWAN, Marjorie K. Microbiology: A Systems Approach. McGraw-Hill College, 2011. 880 s. ISBN 978-00735225242 HOGG, Stuart. Essential Microbiology. John Wiley and Sons, Ltd., 2005. Dostupné z: http://www.grsmu.by/files/file/university/cafedry/microbiologii-virysologii-immynologii/files/essential_microbiology.pdf

Recommended literature:

ALBERTS, Bruce et al. Essential Cell Biology. New York: Garland Publishing, 2009. ISBN 978-0-8153-4130-7 GLAZER, Alexander N. a Hiroshi NIKAIDO. Microbial Biotechnology: Fundamentals of Applied Mikrobiology. 2nd ed. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2007. xvii, 554 s. ISBN 978-0-521-84210-5 MIMS, Cedric A. (ed.) Medical Microbiology. 3rd ed. Edinburgh: Elsevier, 2004. ix, 660 s. ISBN 0-323-03575-2 MOAT, Albert G., John W. FOSTER a Michael P. SPECTOR. Microbial Physiology. New York: Wiley-Liss, 2002. 714 s. ISBN 978-0-471-39483-9

Way of continuous check of knowledge in the course of semester

Ongoing checks of students’ work are ensured via discussing the lecture topics; the practical competences are observed when working in the laboratory. To gain credits, students hand in records and completed tasks from the laboratory assignments. The course is completed by an examination, which may be scheduled having gained the initial credit. The examination is divided into a written and oral part.


Other requirements

- regular participation in the seminars - completion of the records and set tasks


Subject has no prerequisities.


Subject has no co-requisities.

Subject syllabus:

Overview of lectures: 1. Introduction to microbiology studies, important historical discoveries, perspectives of modern microbiology 2. Chemical structure of a microbial cell and general structure of a microbial cell, differences in the structure of prokaryotic and eukaryotic microorganisms 3. The physiology of microorganisms – the basics 4. The metabolism of microorganisms, the methods of energy use by microorganisms 5. Genetics of microorganisms, interactions of microorganisms and the environment 6. Acellular forms – viroids and prions, the pathogenicity of prions, EU preventive measures 7. Acellular organisms - viruses 8. Taxonomy of viruses, overview of significant groups of DNA-viruses and RNA-viruses 9. Cellular microorganisms - archea 10. Cellular microorganisms - bacteria 11. Taxonomy of bacteria, overview of significant strains of pathogenic bacteria and their impact of human health 12. Overview of significant strains of non-pathogenic bacteria and their exploitation in environmental biotechnology 13. Microorganisms as indicators of general pollution, significant microorganisms in the anthropogenically contaminated environment, identification methods and preventive measures 14. Applications of microorganisms in environmental biotechnologies, the role of microorganisms in the processes of biodegradation and bioremediation

Conditions for subject completion

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Occurrence in study plans

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Occurrence in special blocks

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ECTS - FMG 2020/2021 Full-time English Optional 501 - Study Office stu. block
ECTS - FMG 2019/2020 Full-time English Optional 501 - Study Office stu. block

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