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Postgraduate Course: Pathogen strategies for transmission and survival (INAH11001)

Course Outline
SchoolDeanery of Biomedical Sciences CollegeCollege of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course aims to promote an understanding of the transmission mechanisms of macro- and micro-parasites, and the maintenance strategies for survival between successive infections.
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Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs Students will be required to have regular access to a networked computer, and will be responsible for providing their own computing equipment and consumables.
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2015/16, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Flexible
Course Start Date 21/09/2015
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 20, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 20, Online Activities 50, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 106 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Formal summative written assessment will constitute 60% of the student's grade. Online discussion in both a synchronous and asynchronous environment will contribute further to the final mark. In combination with the submission of electronic course assignments, these elements will provide the remaining 40% of the final mark.
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Learning Outcomes
At the completion of this course the candidate should understand the biological characteristics of the different classes of pathogens, including prions. Demonstrate an appreciation of the various strategies adopted by specific (regional) pathogens to establish infection and survive in their hosts.

The candidate should:
- understand the infectious disease mechanisms and the making of a pathogen
- appreciate the factors associated with host susceptibility and resistance
- understand the characteristics of parasitism and survival in the host and in the free environment, including zoonosis and vector-borne diseases
- routes of entry, establishment and persistence of infection in the host
- appreciate the identification of critical points for intervention and the design of control programmes
- understand the identification of problems and researchable questions relating to pathogenesis and control.
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Special Arrangements This courses will be taught entirely by distance learning, using the virtual learning environment Learn as the delivery platform. Course materials are protected by secure username and password access, that will be made available to registered users.
Additional Class Delivery Information This course will be delivered online through Learn.
The course will run from the 8th of January to the 23rd of March.
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Course organiserDr Ewan Macleod
Tel: 0131 242 9379
Course secretaryMiss Lauren Sandford
Tel: (0131 6)51 5470
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