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Undergraduate Course: Diagnostics and therapeutics for infectious disease (BIME10025)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Biomedical Sciences CollegeCollege of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryLectures: This course will focus on applied and translational aspects of infectious disease research. The course emphasises modern research trends for the in diagnostics and therapeutics which are being developed to improve the detection, prevention and treatment of infectious disease. This course will cover 4 main themes
Pathogen diagnostics
Challenges of pathogen detection and surveillance
Principles of pathogen diagnostics
Molecular diagnostics for infectious disease
Case study infection diagnostics in the clinic
The role of the host response and biomarkers as a diagnostic tool for infection and disease
Drugs targeting pathogens
Principles, challenges and opportunities of drug therapeutics for infectious disease
Case studies covering:
Viral disease
Bacteria and the antibiotic crisis
Parasitic and fungal disease
Vaccines
Principles of vaccinology
Challenges and opportunities
Case studies covering:
Viral, bacterial and parasitic disease
Immunotherapy for infectious disease
Principles of immune modulation and biologics for the treatment of infectious disease
Manipulating T-cells and dendritic cells
Antibody technologies
Manipulating the immune response for bacterial disease
Manipulating the immune response for viral disease
A series of in-class sessions will be held to provide formative feedback for the summative assessments of the course.
Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Medical Microbiology 3 (BIME09002) AND Biomedical Sciences 3 (BIME09008)
It is RECOMMENDED that students have passed Clinical Immunology & Haematology 3A (MSBM09005) OR Immunology 3 (BILG09007)
Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Students who are either enrolled on the BSc (Hons) Medical Sciences, or who spent their third year abroad, or who are taking an intercalated year, are exempt from the requirement to have taken and passed Biomedical Sciences 3.
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2014/15, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 40, Summative Assessment Hours 3, Revision Session Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 151 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 60 %, Coursework 40 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 40% ICA incorporating an oral presentation and poster presentation related to a course topic
60% Exam
Feedback Not entered
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S1 (December)Diagnostics and therapeutics for infectious disease1:30
Learning Outcomes
At the end of this course students should be able to:
Explain and identify the importance of applied and translational aspects of infectious disease research, especially in relation to healthcare systems
Explain the main techniques for pathogen diagnostics ranging from established approaches to modern molecular based systems
Explain the principles and importance of drug therapeutics for infectious disease
Identify the principles and importance of vaccinology for infectious disease
Explain the principles of immunotherapy and how this is applied as a therapeutic for infectious disease
Demonstrate the ability to illustrate and present information regarding a particular infectious disease in poster format
Demonstrate an ability to critically analyse the scientific literature through the study of key papers.
Reading List
None
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsPathogen diagnostics, pathogen therapeutics, antibiotic, antiviral, vaccine, immunotherapy, virus, b
Contacts
Course organiserDr Simon Talbot
Tel: (0131 6)50 7938
Email: s.talbot@ed.ac.uk
Course secretaryMs Caroline Morris
Tel: (0131 6)51 3255
Email: c.d.morris@ed.ac.uk
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