Postgraduate Course: Pathogen strategies for transmission and survival (INAH11001)
|School||Deanery of Biomedical Sciences
||College||College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
|Course type||Online Distance Learning
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||This course aims to promote an understanding of the transmission mechanisms of macro- and micro-parasites, and the maintenance strategies for survival between successive infections.
The course will review the spectrum of pathogens, focussing on what makes up a pathogen and the advantages and limitations of these characteristics. The course will consider various building blocks of pathogen evolution, inter- and intra-species diversity of parasites, co-evolution of pathogens and hosts, and genetic processes in evolution and selection.
The question of how pathogens are able to overcome barriers to infection will be addressed. You will already have a firm appreciation of the intricacies of the immune systems and the many layers that can be deployed for the neutralisation of pathogens and yet pathogens are able to establish and survive. We will investigate avoidance of the immune response through evasion, suppression, tolerance and modulation. Lectures will also include pathogenesis and pathogen vulnerability as well as the role of intermediate hosts and vectors in maintaining and transmitting infections.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
|Additional Costs|| Students will be required to have regular access to a networked computer, and will be responsible for providing their own computing equipment and consumables.
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2022/23, Available to all students (SV1)
|Course Start Date
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 20,
Online Activities 60,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Formal summative written assessment will constitute 60% of the student's grade. Online discussion in both a synchronous and asynchronous environment will contribute further to the final mark. In combination with the submission of electronic course assignments, these elements will provide the remaining 40% of the final mark.
||Summative assessment consists of two written assessments, worth 30% of the total mark each, and an online element worth 40%. In each case, comprehensive written feedback is provided individually within 15 working days of the assessment deadline. Students are expected to reflect on their feedback, to seek additional clarification if appropriate, and to use this to improve on future assignments of a similar nature.
Formative assessment consists of discussion around what is expected of each piece of assessed work for the course. This is conducted in an open discussion forum for all students to contribute to and provides an opportunity to clearly understand the key requirements for each assignment before submission. Any student can post questions about the assignment and a response will be posted on the discussion board by the course tutor within 3 working days.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Evaluate infectious disease mechanisms that contribute towards pathogenesis
- Critically assess factors associated with host susceptibility and resistance
- Critically discuss the characteristics of parasitism and survival in the host and in the free environment, including zoonotic and vector-borne diseases
- Explain routes of entry, establishment and persistence of infection in the host
- Critically assess methods that can be used to control infectious diseases
This book can be accessed online through the University's DiscoverED service: http://discovered.ed.ac.uk/primo_library/libweb/action/display.do?tabs=detailsTab&ct=display&fn=search&doc=44UOE_ALMA51135885980002466&indx=2&recIds=44UOE_ALMA51135885980002466&recIdxs=1&elementId=1&renderMode=poppedOut&displayMode=full&frbrVersion=&frbrSourceidDisplay=44UOE_ALMA&frbrIssnDisplay=&dscnt=0&frbrRecordsSource=Primo+Local&mode=Basic&vid=44UOE_VU1&lastPag=&rfnGrp=frbr&tab=default_tab&frbrJtitleDisplay=&dstmp=1455619878275&frbg=272371469&rfnGrpCounter=1&lastPagIndx=1&frbrSrt=date&frbrEissnDisplay=&scp.scps=scope%3A%2844UOE_DSPACE%29%2Cscope%3A%2844UOE_PURE%29%2Cscope%3A%2844UOE_ALMA%29%2Cprimo_central_multiple_fe&cs=frb&fctV=272371469&srt=date&fctN=facet_frbrgroupid&dum=true&vl%28freeText0%29=%22Fields%27%20Virology%22
Encyclopaedia of Parasitology by Heinz Mehlhorn:
Bergey's manual of systematic bacteriology. Vol. 2, The proteobacteria. Part A, Introductory Essays [electronic resource]:
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||Graduate attributes: Skills and abilities in Research and Enquiry
To be able to exercise critical judgment in creating new understanding of international animal health issues
To be able to critically assess existing understanding and the limitations of their own knowledge and recognise the need to regularly challenge their knowledge and understanding by keeping abreast of current developments as part of a regular routine of self motivated continuing professional development
Students will have been taught the skills on where to search for up to date information that is relevant to their working environment and academic interests.
To have an informed respect for the principles, methods, standards, values and boundaries of their discipline(s) and the capacity to question these
On graduating our students will be able to recognise the importance of reflecting on their learning experiences and be aware of any limitations and how to address these.
Graduate Attributes: Skills and abilities in Personal and Intellectual Autonomy
To be open to new ideas, methods and ways of thinking. This is encouraged by the diverse portfolio of courses that the graduate may have chosen to include in their learning experience, challenging themselves both within their current sphere and also outside their normal comfort zone.
To be creative and imaginative thinkers, a feature that will have been enhanced by the variety of assessment methods though which they have been challenged to present, re-imagine, or discuss their learning materials.
Part-time, online learners will have learnt to be able to identify processes and strategies for learning. There is no rigid structure to their learning environment, beyond the established deadlines for continuous assessment. It is for the student to adapt their own circumstances to meet the challenges for this programme, continuous reflection; self-evaluation and self-improvement are fundamental skills in this process. This ensures an independent approach to assimilating knowledge and the knowledge of where to find relevant, additional resources and information.
The self selective student cohort, are all working professionals with a clear vision of where this qualification will place them within their own career pathways. The pace of learning and the support of a similarly minded cohort help ensure that these goals are achieved in a sustainable manner.
Graduate Attributes: Skills and abilities in Communication
To make effective use of written and visual means to critique, negotiate, create and communicate understanding. While oral skills are encouraged, until we are certain that the use of these technologies in our online programmes will not prohibit the contribution of any student due to their geographical circumstances, this suite of technologies has not been fully implemented.
The use of communication as a tool for collaborating and relating to others is vital in these online programmes, the vast majority of information is text based and students must be able to clearly present their thoughts, ideas and the logical progression of a discussion to one another.
Seek and value open feedback to inform genuine self-awareness. While on programme students are also encourage to participate in peer review, providing open and honest feedback in a clear and supportive manner. This open dialogue is vital in furthering the understanding of how their own performance might be improved.
Recognise the benefits of communicating with those beyond their immediate environments
Use effective communication to articulate their skills as identified through self-reflection.
Graduate Attributes: Skills and abilities in Personal Effectiveness
The development of confidence in their own skill set, and to appreciate and use their talents constructively, this is taken to include the ability to make decisions based on their understandings and their personal and intellectual autonomy
To create and harness collaborative opportunities through the development of professional networks, and knowledge of potential funding streams and other financial opportunities
To be able to flexibly transfer their knowledge, learning, skills and abilities from one context to another
To understand social, cultural, global and environmental responsibilities and issues though membership of a global community of practise. This community encourages students to work together to capitalise on their different thinking, experience and skills in order to progress their knowledge and understanding.
To work with, manage, and lead others in ways that value their diversity and equality and that encourage their contribution to the organisation and the wider community
||This courses will be taught entirely by distance learning, using the virtual learning environment Learn as the delivery platform. Course materials are protected by secure username and password access, that will be made available to registered users.
|Additional Class Delivery Information
||This course will be delivered online through Learn.
The course will run from the 8th of January to the 23rd of March.
|Course organiser||Dr Ewan MacLeod
Tel: (0131 6)51 1694
|Course secretary||Ms Jenn Liedtke
Tel: (0131 6)50 3160