Life Sciences

Introduction to Human Disease

Module code: C7139
Level 4
15 credits in autumn teaching
Teaching method: Lecture, Practical, Post lab
Assessment modes: Unseen examination, Coursework

This module is an introductory module in microbiology and human diseases. The main aim is to introduce you to the fundamentals in microbiology and discuss key medical conditions thus laying the foundation for future courses. The first set of lectures will introduce you to prokaryotes, their classification, structure and genetic mechanisms, methods of identification including the use of staining and microscopy, culture media and biochemical tests, concept of asepsis and an introduction to viruses. Learning would be facilitated with the help of practical sessions in microbiology and regular feedback and assessment. In the second series of lectures, selected human conditions such as neurodegenerative diseases, chronic lung diseases and cancer will be taken in detail.

Module learning outcomes

  • Demonstrate knowledge of prokaryotic structure and diversity, methods of identification and control of microbes.
  • Work safely in a Microbiology laboratory in accordance to the laboratory safety protocols
  • Describe the etiology and pathogenesis behind select human diseases such as infectious disease, cancer, neurodegenerative disease, and alcoholic liver disease.
  • Relate the structure, physiological and biochemical functioning of organs to the different pathological states of select human conditions.
  • Be able to perform common microbiological techniques such as gram staining, report and communicate the findings and identify microbial cultures using different common microbiological techniques.