CELLULAR MICROBIOLOGY AND VIROLOGY - 2018/9

Module code: BMS2037

Module provider

School of Biosciences and Medicine

Module Leader

PARK SF Dr (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

Module Availability

Semester 1

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 117

Lecture Hours: 27

Tutorial Hours: 4

Assessment pattern

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

Alternative Assessment

N/A

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

None

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
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

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content

Indicative content includes:

Practical:
• Virus identification and diagnostics

Theoretical:
• 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:


Lectures
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

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Biomedical Science BSc (Hons) 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Biomedicine with Data Science BSc (Hons) 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Biomedicine with Electronic Engineering BSc (Hons) 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Microbiology (Medical) BSc (Hons) 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Biotechnology BSc (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
Microbiology BSc (Hons) 1 Compulsory 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
Veterinary Biosciences BSc (Hons) 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Food Science and Microbiology BSc (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 2018/9 academic year.