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MB4410 Human Pathogens
(Last Updated:03 May 2017)

Year  17/18

Total Credits: 20

Level: Level 4

Target Students:  Students enrolled on MSc in Clinical & Molecular Microbiology
  LBR Module

Taught Semesters:

Autumn Assessed by end of Autumn Semester 

Prerequisites: Students enrolling on this module should normally have covered some basic Microbiology at undergraduate level, for example at least one 10 credit introductory (level 3) module

MB4411 Clinical Syndromes in Infectious Diseases 

Corequisites:  None.

Summary of Content:  The module will provide an overview of the major bacterial, fungal and parasitic human pathogens of clinical importance (viral pathogens are covered in the complementary module MBD404; Viral Pathogenesis & Infection). Pathogens covered include Campylobacter jejuni; Legionella pneumophila; Staphylococcus aureus; Helicobacter pylori; Anaerobes of Clinical Importance; Coagulase negative Staphylococci; Haemophilus spp.; Listeria monocytogenes; Burkholderia and Stenotrophomonas; Pseudomonas aeruginosa; Yeast and yeast-like fungi; Filamentous and dimorphic fungi; Vibrionacea; Pathogenic Neisseria Spp.; Streptococcus pneumoniae; Group A Streptococci; Mycobacterium tuberculosis and atypical mycobacteria; Enterococcus; Escherichia coli; Enterobacteriaceae; Leishmania and Trypanosoma; Protozoa (Intestinal, Toxoplasma, Trichomonads and Amoebae); Bacillus Spp.

Method and Frequency of Class:
Specific Activities are not listed
Further Activity Details:
This module is co-taught with MB4411. Between the two modules there will be 2 or 3 one-hour lectures per week through the Autumn and Spring semesters, although some lectures will be an hour and a half long.

Method of Assessment: 

Assessment TypeWeightRequirements
Exam 1 100 Written exam - 1.5 hours for campus based students 

Dr K Wooldridge

Education Aims:  To gain knowledge of the major human pathogens of clinical importance, their management and treatment

Learning Outcomes:  Knowledge and understanding of theoretical aspects of microbial diseases: Details of key human infections, with particular emphasis on medically important bacteria, fungi and parasites. Management of patients with infections. Diagnostic tests carried out in routine and specialised laboratories. Anti-microbial chemotherapy. Intellectual skills: Critically assess laboratory results and make decisions on their significance. Understand, assess and assist in management and prevention of outbreaks of communicable diseases. Independently acquire knowledge and utilise it for applied or research purposes Professional/practical skills: Recognise signs and symptoms of infection and manage patients effectively. Investigate and manage outbreaks of infection in hospitals and community. Transferable skills: Work closely with colleagues to advise on clinical scenarios and outbreaks for the delivery of quality care. Use available resources (computer programmes, specialised services, etc.) effectively. Self-education and analytical self-assessment. Teach what is learnt.

Offering School:  Life Sciences

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