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Undergraduate Course: Medical Microbiology 3 (BIME09002)

Course Outline
SchoolDeanery of Biomedical Sciences CollegeCollege of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 9 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryA 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.
Course description 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.

Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Microorganisms, Infection and Immunity 2 (BIME08012)
It is RECOMMENDED that students have passed The Dynamic Cell 2 (BILG08009) AND Genes and Gene Action 2 (BILG08003) AND Molecular Microbiology 3 (BILG09013) AND ( Immunology 3 (BILG09007) OR Clinical Immunology & Haematology 3A (MSBM09005))
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2015/16, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( 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 135 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 60 %, Coursework 40 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Three items of in-course assessment
plus one 2 hour exam
Feedback Tutorials.
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.
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)2:00
Resit Exam Diet (August)2:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Knowledge of the microorganisms and parasites that can cause disease in human beings, including virulence mechanisms and the epidemiology of infections.
  2. Knowledge of the defence mechanisms that help protect the host from infection and help eradicate pathogenic microorganisms and parasites.
  3. Knowledge of control strategies that can be used to treat and prevent infectious diseases.
  4. 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.
  5. The ability to discuss relevant microbiology & infection topics with peers and staff.
Reading List
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.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Course organiserProf Jose Vazquez-Boland
Tel: (0131 6)51 3619
Course secretaryMs Tracy Noden
Tel: (0131 6)50 3717
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