EPIDEMIOLOGY OF INFECTIOUS DISEASES - 2017/8

Module code: BMS3073

Module provider

School of Biosciences and Medicine

Module Leader

COTTELL A Dr (Biosc & Med)

Number of Credits

15

ECT Credits

7.5

Framework

FHEQ Level 6

JACs code

C540

Module cap (Maximum number of students)

N/A

Module Availability

Semester 2

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 119

Lecture Hours: 24

Tutorial Hours: 2

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework COURSEWORK - CASE STUDY 30
Examination EXAMINATION - ESSAY QUESTIONS - 120 MINUTES 70

Alternative Assessment

N/A

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

None

Module overview

Microbes can be categorised and studied according to a number of characteristics such as their physiology; pathogenicity, and cellular interaction with hosts. This module builds on those themes already covered on the bioscience programmes in dealing with the spread of microbes through populations, and features of host and vector populations that influence this spread.

Module aims

Enable students to gain a critical understanding of the principles underlying the spread of infectious disease

Develop an understanding of the science behind treatment and prevention strategies such as vaccination and antimicrobial chemotherapy

Develop the ability to apply methods for studying the spread of disease through the use of examples and simulations

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
Discuss the nature of the cycle of infection, and the factors that influence the spread of an epidemic, and use this information to analyse the control points for selected infectious diseases KCP
Understand the major routes for virus transmission and spread both within and between individuals, including the influence of human behaviour on this process KC
Discuss the development and evaluation of prevention and control strategies such as vaccines and antimicrobials KC
Discuss the epidemiological methods for the detection, analysis and control of outbreaks of infection and epidemics, and analyse simple epidemiological data KCPT
Discuss the methods available for typing microorganisms and their application to epidemiological investigation KC

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content

Indicative content includes:

• Introduction to epidemiology
• Epidemics and disease patterns
• Mathematical modelling of epidemics
• Analytical studies: Cohort and case control studies
• Bias and confounding factors
• Analysis of epidemiological data
• Emerging bacterial infectious disease
• Introduction to antimicrobials
• Antibiotic, antifungal, and antiprotozoal drugs
• Vaccine evaluation; design of trials, analysis of data
• Review of types of vaccines; new vaccine concepts
• Protein synthesis inhibitor antibiotics
• Spread of viruses and epidemiological aspects
• New and emerging viral infections
• Emergence of new influenza strains: epidemic vs pandemic
• Antiviral chemotherapy, HIV and HCV
• Antiviral chemotherapy, Influenza and other viruses
• Molecular diagnosis
• Methods for typing microorganisms
• Reservoir of infection; Zoonoses

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

Introduce the fundamental principles of epidemiology and control of infectious diseases, and develop an understanding of these principles using high-profile or recent examples. 

The learning and teaching methods include:
• Lectures – 28 hours
• Tutorials; including outbreak simulation discussion in small classes – 2 hours
• Extensive resources, quizzes,  and other exercises are available on SurreyLearn for directed independent learning

 

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate

·         An understanding of the cycle of infection and the factors that influence the spread of an epidemic, using examples from bacteriology; virology; mycology, and/or protozoology

·         An understanding of the control points, using examples of intervention, vaccination, and/or antimicrobial chemotherapy

·         Understand the major routes for virus transmission and spread both within and between individuals, including the influence of human behaviour on this process

·         Discuss the development and evaluation of prevention and control strategies such as vaccines and antimicrobials

·         Discuss the epidemiological methods for the detection, analysis and control of outbreaks of infection and epidemics, and analyse simple epidemiological data

·         Discuss the methods available for typing microorganisms and their application to epidemiological investigation

 

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

·         Case study: 900 – 1100 words; deadline: Week 30


Two-hour exam: two answers from a choice of five questions


 

Formative assessment and feedback

 

Exercises will be provided via SurreyLearn for students to practice their skills in handling epidemiolgical data.

 

Feedback about general understanding of epidemiological principles will be given during the outbreak simulation session that will run as tutorials in small groups.

Reading list

Reading list for EPIDEMIOLOGY OF INFECTIOUS DISEASES : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/bms3073

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Biological Sciences BSc (Hons) 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Biochemistry BSc (Hons) 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Biotechnology BSc (Hons) 2 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Microbiology BSc (Hons) 2 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Veterinary Biosciences BSc (Hons) 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Biomedical Science BSc (Hons) 2 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Microbiology (Medical) BSc (Hons) 2 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Liberal Arts and Sciences BA (Hons)/BSc (Hons) 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Biomedicine with Data Science BSc (Hons) 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Biomedicine with Electronic Engineering BSc (Hons) 2 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 2017/8 academic year.