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BB50253: Molecular phylogenetics and epidemiology

[Page last updated: 15 October 2020]

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2020/1
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Biology & Biochemistry
Further information on credits Credits: 15      [equivalent to 30 CATS credits]
Further information on notional study hours Notional Study Hours: 300
Further information on unit levels Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Further information on teaching periods Period:
Academic Year
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: CW 20%, EX 40%, MC 10%, OR 30%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Coursework (CW 20%)
  • Examination (EX 40%)
  • Multiple Choice (MC 10%)
  • Presentation (OR 30%)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites:
Description: Aims:
The unit aims to provide a broad theoretical basis of phylogenetic inference using molecular data, with the applied use of these methodologies to studying the genomic evolution and epidemiology of bacteria.

Learning Outcomes:
By the end of this unit you will be able to:
* Critically compare and evaluate methods of inference and interpretation of evolutionary relationships using molecular sequence data;
* Understand how these methods can be applied to large genomic datasets of bacteria to determine rates and routes of disease transmission;
* Develop an in-depth case study on bacterial evolution/epidemiology and present the case study as a seminar.

Topics include
* Inference and interpretation of evolutionary relationships using molecular sequence data and how this process is both informed by and informs our understanding of molecular evolution.
* Practical skills in molecular phylogenetic inference
* Key concepts in molecular epidemiology and evolution of bacterial pathogens.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

BB50253 is Optional (DEU) on the following programmes:

Department of Biology & Biochemistry
  • RSBB-AFM48 : Integrated PhD Molecular Biosciences (Bioinformatics)
  • TSBB-AFM48 : MSc Molecular Biosciences (Bioinformatics)


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