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PA10282: Introduction to microbiology for pharmacy & pharmacology

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2013/4
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Pharmacy & Pharmacology
Further information on credits Credits: 3
Further information on unit levels Level: Certificate (FHEQ level 4)
Further information on teaching periods Period: Semester 1
Further information on unit assessment Assessment: AO 0%, EX 100%
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment: Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites:
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:
To introduce students to the structure, growth and replication of microorganisms and provide an insight into the infectious diseases some can cause.
To provide training in basic laboratory skills routinely encountered in microbiological experiments.

Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this Unit, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of microbial structure, growth and replication. They should appreciate the beneficial and detrimental effects of microorganisms on the human body, understand the determinants required for microorganisms to cause infectious disease, be able to name some pathogenic organisms responsible of common bacterial infections and recognise the principles of clinical diagnosis. They should be able to carry out basic practical microbiological techniques competently and safely and apply these laboratory skills to future aspects of the degree programme.

Working with others (T/F)
Study skills, problem solving (T/F/A)
Handling information (T/F/A)
Scientific and practical skills (T/F/A)

Introduction to microbiology: basic nomenclature, bacterial cell structure, Gram-positive and Gram-negative cell walls, bacterial nutrition, growth and replication. Diagnosing infection. Indigenous human microflora, bacterial pathogenesis, determinants of disease. Introduction to viruses: basic structure and replication. Practical microbiology.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

PA10282 is a Designated Essential Unit on the following programmes:

Department of Pharmacy & Pharmacology

PA10282 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Pharmacy & Pharmacology
  • USPA-AFB02 : BSc (hons) Pharmacology (Full-time) - Year 1
  • USPA-AKB02 : BSc (hons) Pharmacology (Full-time with Thick Sandwich Placement) - Year 1
  • USPA-AKM02 : MPharmacology (hons) (Full-time with Thick Sandwich Placement) - Year 1

* This unit catalogue is applicable for the 2013/4 academic year only. Students continuing their studies into 2014/15 and beyond should not assume that this unit will be available in future years in the format displayed here for 2013/14.
* Programmes and units are subject to change at any time, in accordance with normal University procedures.
* Availability of units will be subject to constraints such as staff availability, minimum and maximum group sizes, and timetabling factors as well as a student's ability to meet any pre-requisite rules.