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BB20224: Medical microbiology

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2015/6
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Biology & Biochemistry
Further information on credits Credits: 6
Further information on unit levels Level: Intermediate (FHEQ level 5)
Further information on teaching periods Period: Semester 2
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: EX 80%, PR 20%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Practical (PR 20%)
  • Examination (EX 80%)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment: Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites: Before taking this module you must take BB10005 AND take BB10006 AND take BB20223
While taking this module you must take BB20027
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:
To provide students with an introduction to bacteriology and virology with especial reference to human pathogens (their roles in the maintenance of health and cause of disease, classic disease pathogens, etiology of infection and pathogenesis, and approaches to preventative treatment).

Learning Outcomes:
After taking this course the student should be able to:
* Describe the molecular and cellular features of bacteria and viruses
* Explain the etiology of pathogens (how they elicit their spread, infection and pathogenesis)
* Explain the strategies pathogens have evolved in order to circumvent the immunity system and barriers to infection
* Explain the form and function of the most common antimicrobials and how bacteria can develop resistance to them
* Explain the molecular basis for the laboratory detection of pathogens.

Knowledge and understanding T/F/A, Intellectual skills F/A, Written communication T/F/A, Numeracy F/A, Data acquisition, handling, and analysis T/F/A, Information technology T/F/A, Practical skills T/F/A, Problem solving T/F/A, Working independently and group working F/A.

Bacterial and viral structure and molecular biology (including genome replication and gene expression); Molecular structures and strategies used to gain access to host cells and elicit pathogenic effects; Example gram positive and negative bacterial and viral pathogens (their defining cellular, molecular and disease characteristics, together with common treatments and associated issues); Antigenic variation mechanisms; Antiviral and antibiotic resistance; Detection methods; Clinical aspects of infection.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

BB20224 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Biology & Biochemistry
  • UXXX-AFB11 : BSc(Hons) Biomedical Sciences (Year 2)
  • UXXX-AKB11 : BSc(Hons) Biomedical Sciences with Professional Placement (Year 2)

* This unit catalogue is applicable for the 2015/16 academic year only. Students continuing their studies into 2016/17 and beyond should not assume that this unit will be available in future years in the format displayed here for 2015/16.
* 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.