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Module Title LI Microbes and Man
SchoolSchool of Bioscience
Department School of Biosciences
Module Code 03 22397
Module Lead Dr Lodge
Level Intermediate Level
Credits 20
Semester Semester 1
Restrictions None
Contact Hours Guided independent study-166 hours
Practical Classes and workshops-9 hours
Lecture-25 hours
Total: 200 hours
Description In this module you will learn about how microorganisms impact on humans, both in the context of health and disease and by looking at how humans have exploited microorganisms.
In the Human Health and Disease section you will learn about three of the major groups of disease causing microorganisms; bacteria, fungi and viruses, with emphasis on the underlying mechanisms by which these organisms cause disease. As the course progresses you will begin to recognise that common themes underpin our understanding of the diseases caused by these quite different groups of microorganisms; these themes will be explored in the overview session at the end of this section of the course.
Many of the topics in the Exploitation of Microorganisms section also relate to protecting human health, including antibiotic, vaccine and medicinal protein production. You will also look at how our understanding of microbes has been enhanced by genome sequencing and how micro organisms can be abused as agents of biowarfare and bioterrorism.
In the practical component of the course you will carry out and compare classical and molecular approaches used for the identification of bacteria. This will give you hands on experience of handling bacteria and give you the opportunity to put into practice the aseptic technique that you learned in the first year. The molecular approach for identification is based on PCR and sequencing and will build on what you learned in the first semester module Molecular Biology and its Applications (BIO230).
In the Fungal growth and virulenceā€ workshop you will work through data on fungal growth in liquid and solid culture and on different methods for the assessment of fungal virulence.
Learning Outcomes By the end of the module the student should be able to:
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the nature and biology of bacteria, fungi and viruses and their medical and economic importance;
  • Discuss the common themes that underpin our understanding of the diseases caused by different groups of microorganisms;
  • Describe, using specific examples, how microorganisms have been exploited by humans and how this relates to their underlying characteristics;
  • Demonstrate practical skills required for the investigation of micro-organisms, and discuss the different techniques employed;
  • Analyse and interpret data in order to make judgements and formulate arguments.
  • Work as a group to produce a microbiology resource.
Assessment 22397-01 : Continuous Assessment : Coursework (40%)
22397-02 : Sessional Examination : Exam (Centrally Timetabled) - Written Unseen (60%)
Assessment Methods & Exceptions Assessment: Continuous assessment (40%) comprising : group assignment to produce a microbiology resource (20%) ; data handling test based on the workshops and practical work (20%); written examination (60%) 2 hour paper with essay ans short answer questions.
Other None
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