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Undergraduate Course: Antibiotic Crisis (BIME10035)

Course Outline
SchoolDeanery of Biomedical Sciences CollegeCollege of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryAntimicrobial resistance continues to present an urgent global threat to human health, challenging our current way of life. This course is designed to address the emerging concepts around the interconnected routes of the development and transmission of antimicrobial resistance.
Course description Antimicrobial resistance is an urgent global threat to human health. This course is designed to address the emerging concepts around the interconnected routes of the development and transmission of antimicrobial resistance. As such, the course covers the "One-Health" and "bench-to-bedside" themes where it links the biological basis of the pathogen and host response, the sociological attitudes towards antibiotic use and prescription and the challenges faced in the use of these drugs in the clinical and the non-clinical context (human, veterinary and environment). Importantly, this course is complementary to existing material being delivered within the other elective courses as we address distinctly different concepts to "Diagnostics and Therapeutics for Infectious Disease" and "Global Health and Infectious Diseases". This course has been formulated taking into consideration the ethos for the 4th (Honours) year in the restructured curriculum for Biomedical Sciences, in which the students are meant to understand how research generates new knowledge and be more directly involved in this process. Critically, our inclusion of medically trained personnel as lecturers supports the clinical emphasis and increase in intercalating medical students into the Biomedical sciences degree pathway.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Medical Microbiology 3 (BIME09002)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Students who are either enrolled on the BSc (Hons) Medical Sciences, or who spent their third year abroad, or who are taking an intercalated year, are exempt from the requirement to have taken and passed Medical Microbiology 3.
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Develop an in-depth understanding of the basic principles of microbial resistance to antibiotics and the drivers of its development both in the clinical and non-clinical contexts.
  2. Demonstrate a broad awareness and understanding of the impact of antimicrobial resistance on individuals, society and environment.
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of social aspect of antimicrobial resistance.
  4. Demonstrate the ability to discuss and present relevant topics with peers and staff.
Reading List
Antibiotics: Challenges, Mechanisms and Opportunities-

Other sources will be recommended by individual lecturers.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Understand how to address complex global challenges and how to critically analyse these issues from different points of views.
Use of electronic and books/journals sources to critically evaluate and obtain information.
Provide opportunities to develop a range of different of communication skills [essay (writing), discussion, debate, presentation (oral), tweet (IT)]
Work individually or as a team member, and respect the views of colleagues.
Develop effective time management skills.
Additional Class Delivery Information The course will consist of 17 lectures and 4 tutorials. The subject matter of the tutorials will complement the lecture material and will be designed to stimulate discussion and critical analysis. The course also involves independent study activities, including further academic reading, report/essay construction and writing and exam preparation.
KeywordsAntibiotics,bacteria,resistance,infectious diseases
Course organiserDr Thamarai Dorai-Schneiders
Tel: 0131 242 6285
Course secretaryMs Kimberley Bruce
Tel: (0131 6)51 4075
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