PATHOGENESIS OF INFECTIOUS DISEASES - 2019/0
Module code: MMIM024
This module is designed to focus on the pathogenic strategies of infectious agents. During the module students will receive lectures, tutorial and workshops on virulence strategies which infectious agents employ to illicit disease as well as sessions on important bacterial and parasitic pathogens. Included within these sessions will be examples of modern research approaches used to investigate the mode of action of pathogen virulence in order to stimulate the student’s ability to design research experiments.
School of Biosciences and Medicine
BESTE D Dr (Biosc & Med)
Number of Credits: 15
ECTS Credits: 7.5
Framework: FHEQ Level 7
JACs code: C521
Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A
Prerequisites / Co-requisites
Indicative content includes:
What is a pathogen?
Entry and spread of microorganisms
Metabolism and microbial pathogenesis
Bacterial secretion mechanisms
Understanding bacterial adhesion and biofilm formation
Phenotypic resistance to antimicrobials
Molecular mechanisms of antigenic variation
Biology and Control of Schistosomiasis
Diphtheria and passive immunity
Streptococcus vs. the host - an evolutionary arms-race
Escherichia coli-a very versatile pathogen
Buruli ulcer and Mycobacterium ulcerans
|Assessment type||Unit of assessment||Weighting|
|Coursework||1000 word essay||30|
|Examination||Exam (2 hours)||50|
The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate that they are able to:
Explain the different pathogenic strategies which infectious agents employ to cause clinical disease.
Discuss how research into pathogenesis can be used in the development of drugs and vaccines.
Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:
Rapid report (20%)
2000 word essay (30%)
2 hours, 2 essays (2 from 4)
Formative assessment is integral to this module which gets students to formulate short presentations and questions prior to lectures. Students also have the opportunity to participate in a debate. Feedback will be given through individual support tutorials which can be arranged between the student and module organiser, as well as summative feedback at the end of the module. Students received verbal feedback during lectures. Finally feedback is provided by extensive annotation of exam papers and an open-door afternoon post-exam to look at marked papers with students.
- Advance and develop students knowledge about the known pathogenic strategies infectious agents use to invade and infect the human host and ultimately cause clinical diseases and also the scope of methods available to the study virulence and pathogenesis and how this knowledge can be used to in the development of new treatments or prevention strategies.
|001||Develop knowledge of the different mechanisms associated with infectious disease pathogenesis||KC|
|002||Apply this knowledge to comparing the virulence mechanisms which different pathogens use to interact with the human host and how these interactions lead to clinical disease.||KCPT|
|003||Construct new understandings about how knowledge of pathogenic strategies can be applied to drug and vaccine development||KCT|
|004||Reflect on research methods which are used to study pathogenesis and how these can be applied to different pathogens and diseases.|
C - Cognitive/analytical
K - Subject knowledge
T - Transferable skills
P - Professional/Practical skills
Overall student workload
Independent Study Hours: 106
Lecture Hours: 26
Tutorial Hours: 2
Methods of Teaching / Learning
Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.
Reading list for PATHOGENESIS OF INFECTIOUS DISEASES : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/mmim024
Programmes this module appears in
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