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 2018/19, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 25,
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 2,
Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 22,
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 count for 40% of the overall course mark, and a 2-hour exam counts for 60% of the overall course mark.
The ICA consists of an essay (20%), a tutorial debate (10%) and a practical test (10%).
||We will endeavour to give you feedback on your performance throughout the course. The tutorials offer an opportunity to interact with course staff and receive feedback. The first tutorial will not be assessed and will serve to provide formative feedback. For each piece of formally assessed in-course work you will receive your provisional mark and feedback within fifteen working days.
||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:
- Know the microorganisms and parasites that can cause disease in human beings, including virulence mechanisms and the epidemiology of infections.
- Know the defence mechanisms that help protect the host from infection and help eradicate pathogenic microorganisms and parasites.
- Know control strategies that can be used to treat and prevent infectious diseases.
- Perform a variety of practical procedures safely, accurately and reproducibly, and to understand and explain the theoretical basis of the techniques used.
- Discuss relevant microbiology and 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.
Lecturers may suggest review articles and other references that relate to specific parts of the course. The student is encouraged to search the relevant literature through PubMed (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed): filtering for "review" will narrow down the search to review articles.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Prof Jose Vazquez-Boland
Tel: (0131 6)51 3619
|Course secretary||Ms Kimberley Bruce
Tel: (0131 6)51 4075