MIC2028 : Practical Skills in Medical Microbiology
- Offered for Year: 2017/18
- Module Leader(s): Professor Colin Harwood
- Lecturer: Dr Carys Watts
- Practical Supervisor: Dr Henrik Strahl von Schulten, Dr Andrew Knight, Dr Richard Daniel, Dr Judith Hall
- Visiting Lecturer: Dr John Perry
- Owning School: Biomedical Sciences
- Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
|Semester 2 Credit Value:||15|
This module aims to develop the practical skills required for a variety of careers in microbiology and immunology. The module will develop their appreciation for the relationship between the application of experimental techniques and the testing of scientific hypotheses. The module will aim to develop general laboratory skills including an awareness of good laboratory practice, experimental design, record-keeping, report writing and data analysis/interpretation skills.
Outline Of Syllabus
Key skills in scientific research are experimental design, applying the best experimental procedure to test your current hypothesis and the interpretation of your data to develop your next experiment. This module will consist of two strands: 1) The practical application of experimental techniques and 2) Experimental design, Data analysis and Data interpretation. The primary goal of this module is to develop these practical skills while strengthening your appreciation of routine laboratory practices as well as innovative experimental techniques. This module will focus on the use of practical based exercises intercalated with a series of lectures/seminars on experimental techniques and data analysis skills.
The primary form of student contact will be through practical classes aimed to deliver an appreciation of the use of a range of experimental techniques. The practical classes will introduce specific techniques and how they can be applied to a number of different experimental investigations. The experiments will reflect the themes being taught in the other stage 2 semester 2 modules.
These will include:
1. Exploitation of microbial physiology and growth for biotechnology
2. The investigation of a host-bacterial interaction using bacterial genetics and immunology
3. Investigating the importance of bacterial cell biology for pathogens.
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||7||1:00||7:00||N/A|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Practical||67||1:00||67:00||N/A|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Small group teaching||3||1:00||3:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||1||73:00||73:00||N/A|
Teaching Rationale And Relationship
As this module is designed to develop the students’ practical skills the majority of teaching will be laboratory based. The students will acquire the necessary knowledge of techniques through a series of lectures and seminars. Tutorials will be used to develop their written and interpretation skills.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Practical/lab report||2||M||15||Practical Report 1|
|Practical/lab report||2||M||35||Practical Report 2|
|Prof skill assessmnt||2||M||20||Data Analysis Exercise|
|Prob solv exercises||2||M||15||In-Course Assessment Exercise|
|Prof skill assessmnt||2||M||15||Practical Skills|
Assessment Rationale And Relationship
The practical reports, data analysis exercise and EMI test will assess students’ knowledge and understanding. The in-course assessments will also provide the opportunity to assess the students written, practical, data analysis and interpretation skills.
Students will be set alternative tasks to assess failed elements.
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