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BB50244: Advances in molecular microbiology

[Page last updated: 02 August 2022]

Academic Year: 2022/23
Owning Department/School: Department of Biology & Biochemistry
Credits: 20 [equivalent to 40 CATS credits]
Notional Study Hours: 400
Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Academic Year
Assessment Summary: CW 50%, EX 40%, OT 10%
Assessment Detail:
  • Online Tests on Core Knowledge (OT 10%)
  • Presentation (CW 20%)
  • Literature Review (2000-3000 words) (CW 30%)
  • Synoptic Written Examination (EX 40%)
Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Learning Outcomes: By the end of this unit you will be able to:
* Apply your understanding of your core molecular microbiology knowledge drawing on concepts in pathogenesis mechanisms and the detection and treatment of pathogens.
* Critically evaluate and communicate the findings of a cutting-edge microbiology research publication through a formal presentation
* Critically evaluate, synthesise and summarise the findings of a variety of cutting-edge molecular microbiology research publications through a written literature review
* Demonstrate an integrative and evaluative approach to addressing some of the challenges and opportunities in microbial pathogenicity.

Aims: The unit is aimed at advancing knowledge in the areas of infection and immunity and molecular microbiology.

Content: The unit comprises advanced modules in the areas of infection and immunity and molecular microbiology. This course will be divided into a series of themes broadly covering aspects of host - pathogen interactions, for example, microbial physiology and gene regulation, bacterial cell -to cell communication, microbial evolution, mechanisms of antimicrobial resistance and host immune response to infection. Additionally, the unit will describe the methodology of advanced molecular techniques used in microbiological research, including but not limited to topics involving cloning, gene expression, protein-protein interactions, flow cytometry and bioinformatics.

Programme availability:

BB50244 is a Designated Essential Unit on the following programmes:

Department of Biology & Biochemistry
  • RSBB-AFM51 : Integrated PhD Molecular Biosciences (Microbiology)
  • TSBB-AFM51 : MSc Molecular Biosciences (Microbiology)


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