Module code: BMS2037

Module provider

School of Biosciences and Medicine

Module Leader

PARK SF Dr (Biosc & Med)

Number of Credits


ECT Credits



FHEQ Level 5

JACs code


Module cap (Maximum number of students)


Module Availability

Semester 1

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 117

Lecture Hours: 27

Tutorial Hours: 6

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
School-timetabled exam/test MCQ + EMQ TEST 1 33%
School-timetabled exam/test MCQ + EMQ TEST 2 33%
School-timetabled exam/test MCQ + EMQ TEST 3 34%

Alternative Assessment


Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module overview

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.  

Module aims

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

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
Show an understanding of the principles underlying physiological regulatory systems KT
Demonstrate an understanding of the nervous system and in particular nervous pathways involved in sensation and in controlling movement; a brief introduction to behaviour and the brain. KC
Demonstrate an understanding of the structure and function of different specialist senses, including: the eyes and vision; the ears and hearing; the chemical senses of smell and taste. KC
Explain how the gastro-intestinal tract controls the motility, digestion and absorption of dietary nutrients KT
Describe the mechanisms through which the endocrine system maintains homeostasis and physiological function KT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content

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.

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

Assessment Strategy

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.

Reading list

Reading list for CELLULAR MICROBIOLOGY AND VIROLOGY : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/bms2037

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 2017/8 academic year.