Undergraduate Course: Medical Microbiology 3 (BIME09002)
|School||Deanery of Biomedical Sciences
||College||College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 9 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||A basic course in medical microbiology. Mechanisms and processes of bacterial and viral pathogenicity; the immune response; microbial transmission and epidemiology; host-parasite interaction; uses of and resistance to antimicrobial agents; immunisation and public health.
Medical Microbiology 3 (MM3) is a third year course aimed at giving students a good grounding in theoretical and practical aspects of bacteriology, virology, parasitology and host defences. During the course, medically important pathogens and their interaction with the host will be studied. The course includes sections on pathogenic microorganisms and parasites, focussing on their virulence determinants and mechanisms; pathogenesis of infectious disease; the immune response of the host; clinical microbiology, epidemiology and control of infectious disease. Selected groups of pathogens or diseases will be covered in detail.
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2015/16, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 27,
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 2,
Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 26,
Formative Assessment Hours 1,
Summative Assessment Hours 5,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Three items of in-course assessment
plus one 2 hour exam
There will be two tutorials. The first tutorial will not be formally assessed but used to provide formative feedback. The second tutorial will be assessed and count for 10% of the final mark.
An assessment sheet with comments will be used to provide feedback during the first tutorial and to
mark the second tutorial.
This will be assessed and counts for 20% of the final mark. Students will receive a feedback sheet along with their marked essay.
||Hours & Minutes
|Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)||2:00|
|Resit Exam Diet (August)||2:00|
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Knowledge of the microorganisms and parasites that can cause disease in human beings, including virulence mechanisms and the epidemiology of infections.
- Knowledge of the defence mechanisms that help protect the host from infection and help eradicate pathogenic microorganisms and parasites.
- Knowledge of control strategies that can be used to treat and prevent infectious diseases.
- The ability to perform a variety of practical procedures safely, accurately and reproducibly, and to understand and explain the theoretical basis of the techniques used.
- The ability to discuss relevant microbiology & infection topics with peers and staff.
|Material relevant to the topics covered in the course can be found in the following textbooks and reference books:|
┐ Goering, R.V., Dockrell, H.M., Zuckerman, M., Roitt, I.M., Chiodini, P.L. (2013) Mims┐ Medical Microbiology, 5th Edition. Saunders Elsevier.
┐ Greenwood, D., Barer, M., Slack, R., Irving, W. (2012) Medical Microbiology, 18th Edition. Churchill Livingstone Elsevier.
┐ Knipe, D.M., Howley, P.M. (2007) Field┐s Virology, 5th Edition. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Philadelphia USA.
┐ Murray, P.R., Rosenthal, K.S., Pfaller, M.A. (2013) Medical Microbiology 7th Edition. Elsevier-Saunders, Philadelphia.
┐ Richman, D.D., Whitley, R.J., Hayden, F.G. (2009) Clinical Virology, 3rd Edition. ASM Press.
┐ Tang, Y-W., Sussman, M., Liu, D., Poxton, I., Schwartzman, J. (eds.) (2014) Molecular Medical Microbiology, 2nd Edition. Academic Press, London.
┐ Tille, P.M. (2014) Bailey & Scott┐s Diagnostic Microbiology, 13th Edition. Elsevier-Mosby, St Louis (MO) USA.
┐ Wilson, B.A., Salyers, A.A., Whitt, D.D., Winkler, M.E. (2011) Bacterial Pathogenesis, A molecular approach, 3rd Edition. ASM Press.
┐ Zuckerman, A.J., Banatvala, J.E., Schoub, B.D., Griffiths, P.D., Mortimer, P. (2009) Principles and Practice of Clinical Virology, 6th Edition. Willey-Blackwell.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Prof Jose Vazquez-Boland
Tel: (0131 6)51 3619
|Course secretary||Ms Tracy Noden
Tel: (0131 6)50 3717
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