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BB20202: Infection and immunity I: microbiology

[Page last updated: 21 April 2022]

Academic Year: 2022/3
Owning Department/School: Department of Biology & Biochemistry
Credits: 6 [equivalent to 12 CATS credits]
Notional Study Hours: 120
Level: Intermediate (FHEQ level 5)
Period:
Semester 1
Assessment Summary: CW 20%, EX 80%
Assessment Detail:
  • Coursework (CW 20%)
  • Examination (EX 80%)
Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Requisites:
Learning Outcomes: After taking this course the student should be able to:
* Describe the diversity that exists amongst infectious microbes;
* Describe important cellular features of these microbes that confer pathogenicity;
* Explain their means of replication in the context of infection and immunity;
* Understand their important genomic features and how these contribute to their evolution in the context of infection and immunity.

Aims: To provide the students with a foundation of knowledge on the diversity of microbial life, their important cellular structures, their diverse means of replication and their genetic systems.

Skills: Learning and studying T/F/A, Written communication T/F/A, Laboratory skills T/F, Information technology T/F, Information handling & retrieval T/F/A, Working independently T/F.

Content: This Unit will examine the major groups of microorganisms: i.e. bacteria, viruses, yeast, fungi, and protozoa. It will discuss cellular structures important for infection (e.g. adhesins, flagellae, pili cell envelopes, toxins), and processes important for infection including genetic, physiological and evolutionary processes.

Programme availability:

BB20202 is Optional on the following programmes:

Department of Biology & Biochemistry

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