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MIC2028 : Practical Skills in Medical Microbiology (Inactive)

Semester 2 Credit Value: 15
ECTS Credits: 8.0


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.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture71:007:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical671:0067:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching31:003:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study173:0073:00N/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.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Practical/lab report2M15Practical Report 1
Practical/lab report2M35Practical Report 2
Prof skill assessmnt2M20Data Analysis Exercise
Prob solv exercises2M15In-Course Assessment Exercise
Prof skill assessmnt2M15Practical 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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