PATHOGENESIS OF INFECTIOUS DISEASES - 2019/0

Module code: MMIM024

Module Overview

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.

Module provider

School of Biosciences and Medicine

Module Leader

BESTE Dany (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

Module Availability

Semester 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

MMIM021

Module content

Indicative content includes:


  • What is a pathogen?

  • Entry and spread of microorganisms

  • Toxins

  • 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

  • Iron Acquisition

  • Diphtheria and passive immunity

  • Streptococcus vs. the host - an evolutionary arms-race

  • Escherichia coli-a very versatile pathogen

  • Buruli ulcer and Mycobacterium ulcerans


Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework Rapid Report 20
Coursework 1000 word essay 30
Examination Exam (2 hours) 50

Alternative Assessment

N/A

Assessment Strategy

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:

           Coursework (50%)

           Rapid report (20%)

           2000 word essay (30%)

           Examination (50%)


  • 2 hours,  2 essays (2 from 4)



Formative assessment

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.

Module aims

  • 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.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
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.

Attributes Developed

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


  • Lectures

  • Workshops

  • Debate

  • Discussion

  • Rapid reports


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

Reading list for PATHOGENESIS OF INFECTIOUS DISEASES : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/mmim024

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Medical Microbiology (EuroMasters) MSc 2 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
Medical Microbiology MSc 2 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2019/0 academic year.