Undergraduate Course: Host-pathogen interactions in Infectious Disease (MIBM10052)
|School||Deanery of Biomedical Sciences
||College||College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||This is a compulsory course for the Infectious Diseases honours programme.
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.
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2020/21, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
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
|Assessment (Further Info)
|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%.
||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.
||Hours & Minutes
|Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)||2:00|
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Explain and critically assess experimental approaches to study Microbial pathogenesis
- Explain the survival strategies of bacterial, viral or parasitic pathogens in the host
- Explain the host immune response to pathogens and how pathogens can overcome this
- Identify the different host systems affected by pathogens
- Recognise the importance of the evolution of pathogens and virulence
|The following books are recommended as background reading and general reference texts:|
┐ Mims┐ Pathogenesis of Infectious Disease, 6th edition (Elsevier)
┐ Medical Microbiology, Patrick R. Murray, Ken S. Rosenthal, Michael A. Pfaller. 8th edition (Elsevier)
You are expected to be familiar with relevant infection and immunity content which you will have covered in previous years ┐ make sure you review this to thoroughly refresh your understanding of these topics. Access to the Medical Microbiology 3 and Biomedical Sciences 3 courses┐ lecture contents is available in Learn for intercalating students.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Dr Douglas Roy
Tel: (0131) 242 6279
|Course secretary||Mr Cameron Scally
Tel: (0131 6)50 9414