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MB3401 Introduction to Medical Microbiology
(Last Updated:03 May 2017)

Year  17/18

Total Credits: 10

Level: Level 3

Target Students:  Priority given to students on the MSc Clinical and Molecular Microbiology and MSc Microbiology & Immunology courses

Taught Semesters:

Autumn Assessed by end of Autumn Semester 

Prerequisites: Degree in Life Sciences or other relevant degree

Corequisites:  None.

Summary of Content:  This module will highlight the properties and host range of various micro-organisms involved in infection, and will outline the development of appropriate immune responses. Students will gain the necessary foundations in medical microbiology. Module Web Links:
  • Introduction To Medical Microbiology
  • Method and Frequency of Class:
    Specific Activities are not listed
    Further Activity Details:
    Sixteen one hour lectures and 1 hour revision.

    Method of Assessment: 

    Inclass Exam 1 (Written) 100 One hour MFQ exam 

    Dr C Penfold

    Education Aims:  In this module the students will gain an introduction to the innate and adaptive immune response, immune recognition and understand important defense mechanism of the human immune system. They will be introduced to the classification system of viruses, learn about medically important viruses, what types of disease they cause and how to diagnose them. This module will introduce the students to bacterial pathogens and will teach them how to distinguish between different bacteria and how to diagnose medically important bacteria. They will also gain an understanding of antibiotic sensitivity testing. Finally medically important fungi and parasites will be covered.

    Learning Outcomes:  Develop a systematic understanding of key human infections caused by microorganisms, with particular emphasis on medically important bacteria and viruses. Effectively communicate microbiology and molecular biology theory and techniques. Develop an independent learning ability that is required for continuing professional development. This module will prepare the students for more in depth studies of the subjects covered.

    Offering School:  Life Sciences

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