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MB4DGM Diagnostic Microbiology and Laboratory Methods
(Last Updated:03 May 2017)

Year  17/18

Total Credits: 20

Level: Level 4

Target Students:  MSc in Clinical Microbiology. There is a limited number of places on this module. Students are reminded that enrolments which are not agreed by the Offering School in advance may be cancelled without notice.

Taught Semesters:

Summer Assessed by end of Summer Vacation 

Prerequisites: Enrolled on MSc in Clinical Microbiology

Corequisites:  None.

Summary of Content:  Practical sessions covering conventional and molecular methods applied in routine and specialised laboratories for the diagnosis of bacterial, fungal and parasitic infections. Diagnostic microbiology: From Specimen to final report: Blood, CSF, respiratory, enteric, urinary and other tissue specimens. Specimens from sterile sites. Agar-based detection methods; molecular diagnostics; antibiotic sensitivity testing.

Method and Frequency of Class:
Specific Activities are not listed
Further Activity Details:
59 hours practical classes.

Method of Assessment: 

Inclass Exam 1 (Written) 100 Students will take a 1.5hr practical exam at the end of this module 

Dr D Turner

Education Aims:  

Learning Outcomes:  The student will gain knowledge and understanding of laboratory practical aspects of microbial diseases, with particular emphasis on medically important bacteria, fungi and parasites. Students will develop a systematic understanding of knowledge, and a critical awareness of current problems and/or new insights related to Clinical Microbiology, much of which is at, or informed by, the forefront of professional practice. In particular, students will obtain ‘hands- on’ experience of the routine diagnostic tests carried out in a Clinical Microbiology laboratory and in specialised laboratories. Intellectual skills: Enhance student's capability to assess and provide leadership in investigating complex clinical scenarios relating to infection. Critically assess laboratory results and make decisions on their significance. Professional/practical skills: Process laboratory specimens competently and offer sound advice on diagnostic issues. Transferable skills: Work closely with colleagues to develop conclusions relating to specific clinical scenarios. Effectively communicate microbiology results to colleagues and patients for the delivery of quality care. Plan and organise workload and time. Use available resources (computer programmes, specialised services, etc) effectively. Develop self-education skills and analytical self-assessment. Teach what is learnt. Plan investigations and design experiments.

Offering School:  Life Sciences

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