CELLULAR MICROBIOLOGY AND VIROLOGY - 2021/2
Module code: BMS2037
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This module is part of a pair of modules designed to introduce the concepts of bacteriology, protozoology and virology, with a particular emphasis on microbial pathogens. The course is organized phylogenetically with each lecture or group of lectures studying a particular group of microbes.
School of Biosciences and Medicine
COTTELL Alison (Biosc & Med)
Number of Credits: 15
ECTS Credits: 7.5
Framework: FHEQ Level 5
JACs code: C521
Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A
Prerequisites / Co-requisites
Indicative content includes:
• Virus identification and diagnostics
• Pathogenesis of bacterial infections
• Pathogenesis of parasitic infections
• Pathogenesis of viral infections
• The principles of microbial phylogeny, classification and identification
• Characteristics, physiology and ecology of the major groups of bacteria, protozoa and viruses.
|Assessment type||Unit of assessment||Weighting|
|School-timetabled exam/test||MCQ + EMQ TEST 1 (50 MINS)||33|
|School-timetabled exam/test||MCQ + EMQ TEST 2 (50 MINS)||33|
|School-timetabled exam/test||MCQ + EMQ TEST 3 (50 MINS)||34|
The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge of the course content, their ability to use this knowledge to analyse novel situations. The students will also be able to demonstrate their ability to read and critically analyse research papers on cellular microbiology and virology.
The MCQ and EMQ tests are designed to allow students to demonstrate knowledge gained and their competence to use that knowledge creatively to assess novel situations. The tests also allow the students to demonstrate the understanding of the principles of practical virology and their critical skills in analysing research papers.
Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:
3 x MCQ/EMQ tests to be completed during the lecture course:
Gram-negative bacteria: 28 MCQ and 5 EMQ questions, 33%, week 8.
Gram-positive bacteria and protozoa: 28 MCQ and 5 EMQ questions, 33%, week 11.
Virology: 29 MCQ and 5 EMQ questions, 34%, week 15.
Formative assessment and feedback
MCQ tests available on SurreyLearn Exam feedback/tutorial sessions gives verbal formative feedback on MCQ tests.
- To provide an introduction to the principles and techniques of bacteriology and virology
- To provide an introduction to protozoan evolution and development
- To provide an introduction to the molecular basis of bacterial phylogeny and the bacterial genome
- To provide an introduction to the modern classification of protozoan organisms and animal viruses and the major classes of protozoa and viruses
- To describe the structural, physiological, biochemical and genetic characteristics of the major groups of bacteria and animal viruses
- To describe the diseases caused by bacteria and protozoa
- To examine virulence mechanisms in pathogenic bacteria and protozoa
- To examine the role and effects of bacteria and protozoa in the environment
- To understand the nature of viruses and the differences between these agents and other microbes
|001||Describe the characteristics of the major groups of bacteria, protozoa and viruses and recommend tests that could be used to identify and distinguish between species that are most frequently encountered in clinical specimens||KC|
|002||Understand how the various groups of bacteria and protozoa derive energy and nutrients from their environment andthe constraints imposed on viruses by their dependence on the host cell||KC|
|003||Describe the pathology associated with a number of bacterial and protozoan diseases||KCT|
|004||Understand host-pathogen interactions that lead to disease pathology for a number of model diseases||KC|
|005||Read and critically analyse research papers on cellular microbiology and virology||KCPT|
|006||Describe the principles of diagnosis for selected infectious diseases||KCT|
|007||Perform practical virology techniques||KPT|
|008||Understand the role of bacteria and protozoa in the environment||KC|
C - Cognitive/analytical
K - Subject knowledge
T - Transferable skills
P - Professional/Practical skills
Overall student workload
Independent Study Hours: 113
Lecture Hours: 28
Tutorial Hours: 3
Practical/Performance Hours: 6
Methods of Teaching / Learning
The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:
- Provide an understanding of the biological characteristics of the major of bacteria, viruses and protozoa
- Provide understanding, with specific examples, of how each group of microbes causes disease.
- Allow overlapping microbial strategies and immunopathogenesis to be highlighted within groups of pathogens by delivering lectures for whole days on these groups (bacterial, viral etc)
- Allow the build-up of transferable laboratory skills in virology.
- Enable students to highlight areas that require further explanation or clarification during tutorials.
- Provide rapid feedback of results from MCQ tests so students can identify problem areas and seek help, if necessary, to overcome them before the next test.
The learning and teaching methods include:
- Practical sessions
- Formative MCQ tests delivered via SurreyLearn
- Summative MCQ tests
- Revision/tutorial/test feedback sessions
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.
Programmes this module appears in
|Microbiology BSc (Hons)||1||Compulsory||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
|Biomedical Science BSc (Hons)||1||Compulsory||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
|Veterinary Biosciences BSc (Hons)||1||Optional||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
|Biological Sciences BSc (Hons)||1||Optional||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
|Biomedical Science MSci (Hons)||1||Compulsory||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
|Biochemistry BSc (Hons)||1||Optional||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
|Biochemistry MSci (Hons)||1||Optional||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% 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 2021/2 academic year.