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Undergraduate Course: Infectious Diseases 3 (BIME09014)

Course Outline
SchoolDeanery of Biomedical Sciences CollegeCollege of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 9 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe course will cover the processes involved in host-parasite interaction and the mechanisms involved in bacterial, viral and parasite pathogenicity. The host response to infection as well as diagnostic procedures and antimicrobial chemotherapy will be studied. The epidemiology of infectious disease and public health in a global setting will also be included.
Course description This course will cover the biological characteristics of the different classes of pathogens and include an appreciation of the various strategies adopted by specific pathogens to establish infection and survive in their hosts. The role of host defence mechanism in controlling and preventing infection will be studies. Control strategies for a range of infectious agents including intra- and extra-cellular bacterial, viral pathogens, protozoa and worms will be included. The burden of infectious diseases globally and the rise of antimicrobial resistance will be studied.

The course contains face to face lectures, tutorial and practicals. Part of the course will be delivered online to allow for flexible study.

The course will cover 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 initial face to face section will focus on the virulence determinants and pathogenicity selected microorganisms and parasites. The immune response of the host, clinical microbiology and diagnosis, epidemiology and control of infectious disease will be the focus of the online content. Selected groups of pathogens or diseases will be covered in detail.

This course is only available to students on the Biomedical and Laboratory Science Programme.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2018/19, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Block 5 (Sem 2) and beyond
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 6, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 4, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 6, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 180 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) ICA - 100% [Essay, Online discussions, Fact sheet]
Feedback Feedback will be given on a set of formative discussion postings. Feedback will be given following the summative evaluation of in-course assessments.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Understand how the microorganisms and parasites can cause disease, including virulence mechanisms and the epidemiology of infections.
  2. Understand the role of host defence mechanisms in protecting the host from infection and how they 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.
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Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Practice in the creation of coherent written, electronic and oral communications based on independently accumulated information.

Students are provided with opportunities to develop discursive/argument-based skills by using previous knowledge and applying it to unfamiliar scenarios in tutor and peer-led discussions.

Group discussions develop skills in listening and arguing specific points.

Competence in generic laboratory skills (pipetting/ weighing/solution preparation, handling of biological materials, safety procedures).

Measurement of biological parameters.
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