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BIOL1007 OR BIOL1010 AND BIOL1005 OR 1006
Aims and Objectives
Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:
- Critically evaluate scientific data. This includes self generated, peer generated data and published literature
- Describe in detail concepts in microbiology including: a) Diversity in the microbial world including bacteria, viruses, fungi, microsporidia b) The role of microorganisms in a range of diseases, including the nature of the disease-causing organisms as well as their routes of transmission & how we can control them. c) Microbial biofilms, their role in disease, and mechanisms of microbial species-interactions within mixed microbial biofilms and between biofilms and higher organisms d) Factors that limit microbial growth and survival in disease e) Methods for studying microbial populations and their activity in infection f) The application of medical microbiology principles for clinical or public health benefits
- Demonstrate effective written and verbal scientific communication skills.
- Test hypotheses in microbiology via experimental design, analyse results and discuss outcomes in the light of the current body of knowledge (e.g. published literature)
1 SAW Overview of module and organisation, learning outcomes and assessment processes. Introduction to Microbial Life. Bacteriology I
SAW Bacteriology II
2 SAW Bacteriology III
SAW Bacteriology IV
3 SAW Biofilms I
SAW Biofilms II
4 ARK Virology and viral evolution I
ARK Virology and viral evolution II
5 ARK Virology and viral evolution III
6 ARK Mycology I
ARK Mycology II
7 CWK Medical Microbiology I Lung infection
CWK Medical Microbiology II Gastrointestinal ecology
8 RH Medical Microbiology III Brain infections
RH Medical Microbiology IV Brain infections
9 CWK Medical Microbiology V Skin ecology and indwelling devices
CWK Medical Microbiology VI Hospital infections
10 PHE, or Postdocs Guest Lectures – Topics may vary, depending on current research and hot topics, e.g. AMR.
PHE or Postdocs Guest Lectures - Topics may vary, depending on current research and hot topics, e.g. AMR.
11 SAW Medical Microbiology V Urinary Tract Infections
SAW Medical Microbiology VI Sexually Transmitted Infections
12 SAW/ARK Revision Lecture
/CWK/RH Revision Lecture
Learning and Teaching
Teaching and learning methods
The contact teaching component of this module will be delivered by lecturing (22 lectures) and practical classes (3 x 3 hr practicals). A series of learning outcomes have been established and teaching and non-contact learning are closely aligned with these criteria. A variety of learning methods are employed in order to evaluate student progress and understanding including a mid-module internet-based questionnaire. A number of the learning outcomes are focused on transferrable skills including scientific report writing (the practical write-up will be in the style of a scientific paper).
There will be four laboratory-based practicals each held twice in weeks 2/3, 5/6 and 7/8 and 9/10 respectively. Students will be allocated to one of the two practical groups in the first lecture. These practicals will be based on an investigation of antibiotic susceptibility in planktonic v. biofilm bacterial growth modes and will include: Practical I) aseptic technique, Practical II) determination of an antibiotic minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC); III) comparison of biofilm/planktonic susceptibility using colony forming unit (CFU) counts, IV) Bioluminescence as a biological reporter to determine antibiotic susceptibility.
|Practical classes and workshops||9|
|Wider reading or practice||117|
|Total study time||150|
Resources & Reading list
Joanne Willey, Linda Sherwood, Chris Woolverton (2010). Prescott's Microbiology. McGraw-Hill Science/Engineering/Math.
Michael T. Madigan, John M. Martinko, David Stahl, David P. Clark (2011). Brock Biology of Microorganisms. Benjamin Cummings.
Examination: The paper will consist of two parts worth equal marks: Part A (one third of examination marks): A compulsory short answer section of 10 questions. Part B (two thirds of the examination marks): An essay section in which students will be asked to answer two, out of a choice of five questions, each worth one third of the exam paper.
Laboratory project: This is a report on the research project that students will carry out in groups as part of their laboratory practicals. The assessment for this project will be a final report submission in week 12 worth 25%.
The final report will be in the format of a scientific paper and aims to assess learning outcomes 2, 3 and 4. Students will be given guidance on scientific report writing during the laboratory sessions. As part of the learning process students will submit an outline (including hypothesis, aims and key methods) and risk assessment to their demonstrator - Demonstrators will provide feedback that will inform students in preparing their final report.
This is how we’ll formally assess what you have learned in this module.
|Laboratory project report||25%|
Repeat type: Internal & External