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MIC2027 : Parasitic and Viral Diseases

Semesters
Semester 2 Credit Value: 15
ECTS Credits: 8.0

Aims

This module aims to develop students' knowledge and understanding of selected areas of microbiology. Students will gain an appreciation of the importance of parasites and viruses as infectious agents. The module also aims to develop students' skills in scientific writing and researching the literature.

Original Summary:
The module covers two main topics: parasites and disease and viruses of animals and man.
Topics included: virus particles; viral replication; viral pathogenesis; viruses associated with cancer; and viral chemotherapy; protozoa; the flagellates; worms; diagnosis and treatment of parasitic infections.

Outline Of Syllabus

Parasitic diseases caused by protozoa and helminths; viruses of animals and man .
Topics included: virus particles; viral replication; viral pathogenesis; viruses associated with cancer; viral vaccines; viral chemotherapy; protozoa; the flagellates; worms; diagnosis and treatment of parasitic infections.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion21:002:00Q&A Session
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture231:0023:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching11:001:00Tutorials
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching11:001:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops13:003:00Document Management
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1120:00120:00N/A
Total150:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures from the mainstay of teaching in support of the knowledge outcomes and students will be required to read widely in support of the lecture material. An additional lecture on scientific writing helps prepare students for the open book essay. The Question and Answer sessions will reinforce understanding of course material. The turorial will give students guidance relating to their chosen topic for the extended essay; the document management session and the talk on writing skills will help them with the other skills needed for this task. A lecture on plagiarism will ensure that students are fully informed about this issue and how plagiarism can be avoided. The extended essay will allow students to develop skills that will help them write their final year project report at stage 3.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Exams
Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1202A80N/A
Exam Pairings
Module Code Module Title Semester Comment
2N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay2M20Extended Essay
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The examination will test knowledge and understanding.
The extended essay will assess students' ability to research literature, to write clearly and in an appropriate scientific style avoiding plagiarism and citing sources in an approved format. It will also assess word-processing skills and help prepare students for writing their final year project report.

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