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DRPS : Course Catalogue : Deanery of Biomedical Sciences : Microbiology and Infection (Biomedical Sciences)

Undergraduate Course: Host-pathogen interactions in Infectious Disease (MIBM10052)

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
SummaryThis is a compulsory course for the Infectious Diseases honours programme.
Course description This course focuses on fundamental aspects of pathogen-host interactions and covers the biological mechanisms and processes which lead to pathogenesis and disease following infection. There is an emphasis on the application of modern research methods and approaches in this field. This course comprises three main themes:

* Experimental approaches to study host-pathogen interactions
* Pathobiology of infection
* Pathogen ecology and evolution

A series of tutorials will cover essay, abstract and report writing, scientific techniques, presentation skills, scientific calculations and statistics, and the critical analysis of scientific papers. The tutorials will provide important formative feedback/forward for assignments and activities in the course as a whole.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites Students MUST also take: Review Essay for Infectious Disease (MIBM10053) AND Infectious Diseases Synoptic Examination (MIBM10042) AND Infectious Diseases Project (MIBM10041)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2018/19, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Full Year
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 38, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 19, External Visit Hours 21, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 5, Formative Assessment Hours 3, Summative Assessment Hours 3, Revision Session Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 105 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 35 %, Coursework 65 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) There are two in-course assessments: an essay worth 25% and a Scientific Interpretation exam worth 40% (a series of comprehension questions on a scientific paper). A 2-hour degree exam consisting of approximately 10 short answer questions is worth 35%.
Feedback Every effort will be made to return marks and to provide relevant feedback to students within 15 working days following submission of assessments.

Formative feedback will also be available via the tutorial sessions and via other aspects of the course activities.
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)2:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Explain and critically assess experimental approaches to study Microbial pathogenesis
  2. Explain the survival strategies of bacterial, viral or parasitic pathogens in the host
  3. Explain the host immune response to pathogens and how pathogens can overcome this
  4. Identify the different host systems affected by pathogens
  5. Recognise the importance of the evolution of pathogens and virulence
Reading List
The following books are recommended as background reading and general reference texts for the Infectious Diseases honours programme:

Mims' Medical Microbiology, 5th edition, ISBN: 9780723436010 (Elsevier)

Mims' Pathogenesis of Infectious Disease, 6th edition, ISBN: 9780123971883 (Elsevier)

Janeway's Immunobiology, 8th edition, ISBN: 9780815342434 (Garland Science)

You are expected to be familiar with material covered in previous years; make sure you read your relevant lecture notes from previous years to refresh your memory.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Course organiserDr Douglas Roy
Tel: (0131) 242 6279
Course secretaryMs Kimberley Bruce
Tel: (0131 6)51 4075
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