Teaching aims and prequisites

The topics that are covered by this online exercise, the skills students are expected to learn and the knowledge that is assumed as a prerequisite.

Learning objectives

These pages are intended to teach students about phase variation in Campylobacter jejuni and link this topic into wider themes of importance in the life sciences. The specific learning objectives are:
  1. Introduce students to Campylobacter jejuni and explain its importance to human health.
  2. To provide a basic understanding of phase variation and its importance in bacterial genetics.
  3. To set phase variation in the wider context of bacterial evolution.

Assumed knowledge

These pages are aimed at university level students with good knowledge of the basics of genetics and molecular biology. In particular, students are expected to have:
  1. A grasp of basic genetics; including the four base composition of DNA and the basics of how DNA sequences are translated in protein sequences.
  2. A simple grasp of what bacteria are and the outline of bacterial reproduction.
  3. A simple understanding of what antibodies are and what their role in protecting an organism is.
  4. An understanding of the basic principles of evolution: what mutations are, and what selection is.
At some points during the lesson there are optional sections giving more detailed information on certain topics. These sections assume more knowledge than the main thread of the lesson.

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