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Module

CMB1003 : Microbiology and Immunology

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Vanessa Armstrong
  • Lecturer: Dr Damian Parry, Dr Tom Ewen, Professor Debra Bevitt, Dr Robert Yeo, Dr Carys Watts, Dr Daniel Peters, Dr Judith Hall, Professor Robert Hirt
  • Owning School: Biomedical, Nutritional and Sports Scien
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 2 Credit Value: 15
ECTS Credits: 8.0

Aims

This module aims to:

• introduce Microbiology and Immunology and provide a foundation on which the study of biological, biomolecular and biomedical science disciplines can be developed.

• increase awareness of the different types of micro-organisms, key characteristics they possess and the differences between them and an appreciation that micro-organisms are both essential for normal health and as pathogens cause infectious disease.

• provide an understanding of the defence systems that have evolved to combat infection and understand the key components of the immune system and how these function.

Outline Of Syllabus

The lectures and seminars cover the following topics:

1. Microbiology: introduction to micro-organisms; bacterial morphologies; major structural components of bacteria; bacterial cell division and growth; cultivation of bacteria; principles of bacterial identification; eukaryotic microorgansims; food microbiology.

2. Immunity: introduction to immunity; innate defences against infection; cell biology of the specific immune system; humoral specific immunity; cell mediated specific immunity; the immune system in action.

3. Virology: virus structure and classification; bacteriophage; viruses of animals and man; plant viruses and viroids; assay of animal viruses; prions.

Teaching Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials291:0029:00Non-synchronous online - pre-recorded lectures
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion11:001:00Formative Assessment, online MCQ via Canvas
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching31:003:00PIP for one third of cohort for each seminar. Synchronous online for remaining students
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery31:003:00Synchronous online - Q&A Sessions
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1112:00112:00Writing up lecture notes, revision and general reading
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk21:002:00Synchronous online - Q&A 1 Synchronous online - Lecture 18
Total150:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

1. Lecture materials will define the scope of the course and communicate basic knowledge as a basis for further study.

2. Seminars will encourage students to develop their understanding of the subject and interpersonal communication skills. They provide an opportunity for students to ask questions and exchange ideas in a small group setting. Skills practiced include critical thinking, numeracy, communication & team working.

3. Private study is used for self-directed learning and includes: reading lecture notes and texts; preparation for seminars; using learning resources on the Web. Skills practiced include critical thinking, active learning, numeracy, planning and organisation and independence.

4. Drop-in sessions will allow student time to discuss queries with teachers and peers.

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

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

Exams
Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
PC Examination902A100Online timed (remote) MCQ/quiz style questions (expected completion time 90 mins)
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Computer assessment2MOnline timed computer-based exam (remote) MCQ/quiz style mid semester via Canvas
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The end of semester examination assesses knowledge and understanding of the course material. The formative MCQ questions will help students assess their knowledge and understanding of course material as well as familiarise students with the format of an MCQ exam.


MDiet candidates must obtain an overall mark of 40 or above and achieve at least 35 in each component of the assessment to pass the module.

Reading Lists

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