Life Sciences

Medical Microbiology

Module code: C7137
Level 5
15 credits in spring teaching
Teaching method: Lecture, Laboratory, Post-lab, Class, Seminar
Assessment modes: Unseen examination, Coursework

This module aims at providing a comprehensive knowledge of medical microbiology and focuses mainly on infectious disease agents with the exception of viruses.

It covers the discipline of bacteriology, mycology and parasitology. The module will involve lectures on the medically important bacterial pathogens, infections caused by them, virulence, pathogenesis, diagnosis and identification methods, and diagnostic microbiology with emphasis on antimicrobial testing, clinical microbiology and an introduction to hospital infection and bacterial typing. Learning will be facilitated with the help of practical sessions and online feedback and assessment.

Module learning outcomes

  • Outline the medically important bacterial, parasitic and fungal pathogens causing infections and describe in detail disease causation, diagnosis and identification of key pathogens
  • Recognise the importance of Diagnostic Microbiology and its application in the practice of Clinical and environmental Microbiology
  • Appreciate and discuss in detail current Microbiology issues such as antimicrobial resistance, bacterial typing and bioterrorism
  • Demonstrate an understanding of working in a Microbiology laboratory with knowledge and use of safe practices and disposal techniques