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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 It is RECOMMENDED that students have passed Medical Microbiology 3 (BIME09002)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Students 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
Academic year 2022/23, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  28
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 24, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 8, Formative Assessment Hours 2, Revision Session Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 160 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 100% ICA:
30% Initial Essay
30% Tutorial Debate Summary
40% Final Essay
Feedback Detailed feedback on students' performance will be provided throughout the course in a prompt manner. For each piece of ICA the student will receive a mark and written comments via email or Learn within three weeks of submission. The comments will include the strengths and weaknesses of the assessed work as well as suggestions on how to improve. The assessment criteria will be available to the students either in the course book or via Learn before the start of the task.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Develop an in-depth understanding of the principles to established and emerging mechanisms of antimicrobial resistance to antibiotics and the drivers of its development.
  2. Develop an in-depth understanding of the interconnected routes for transmission and dissemination of antimicrobial resistance elements and organisms.
  3. Demonstrate a broad awareness and understanding of the impact of antimicrobial resistance on individuals, society and the environment.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of the social aspects of AMR and its impact on social attitudes.
  5. Demonstrate the ability to discuss and present relevant topics on antimicrobial resistance with peers, staff and the public.
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 lectures and 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.
KeywordsAntibiotics,bacteria,resistance,infectious diseases
Course organiserDr Thamarai Dorai-Schneiders
Tel: 0131 242 6285
Course secretaryMr Craig Brown
Tel: (0131 6)50 9414
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