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Module

MIC3046 : Microbiota and pathogens: Mucosal Microbiota, Protozoa and Fungi

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Robert Hirt
  • Lecturer: Dr Anjam Khan, Dr David Bolam, Professor Janet Quinn, Dr Julian Rutherford, Professor Jeffrey Pearson
  • Owning School: Biomedical, Nutritional and Sports Scien
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

The module aims to develop knowledge and understanding of the fundamental importance of the interactions between the host and the intestinal microbiota in maintaining health as well as in disease development in relation to selected pathogenic viruses, bacteria, protozoa and fungi. It will provide an up to date review of the molecular cell biology, genomics and evolution of the human mucosal microbiota and selected pathogens and how their interactions between one another and with the mucosal immune system influence health and disease.

Outline Of Syllabus

The main topics covered include: The human mucosa microbiota of the gut, taxonomic diversity and functions; interplay between the microbiota and pathogens including viral, bacterial and microbial eukaryotes with both parasitic protozoa and fungal pathogens; gut mucosal immunology. Molecular cell biology, genomics and pathobiology of parasitic protozoa and fungal pathogens and drug resistance among fungal pathogens.

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 materials271:0027:00Lectures delivered non synchronously online
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching31:003:002 x PIP 1 x Synchronous online Synchronous
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1691:00169:00Writing up lecture notes, revision and general reading
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk11:001:00Synchronous online
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lecture materials will provide students with key information (K1-3). The seminars associated with the strands A, B and C will encourage increased understanding of the material through discussion of journal articles (S1-2) and will help the student in preparing the written essay and formal examination (S3). Private study will allow students to extend their knowledge through reading of journal articles and other recommended references (S2).

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
Written Examination1202A70Open Book Essay (1 essay from a choice of 3). Students required to complete the essay over a 5-7 day period (online remote).
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1M301500 words - set during Seminar 1
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Written exercise1MShort questions - one for each seminar/ strand A, B and C (20-50 words per question)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The open book essay will test students' knowledge, understanding and written communication skills.

Essay will test ability to review scientific paper.

FMS Schools offering Semester One modules available as 'Study Abroad' will, where required, provide an alternative assessment time for examination that take place after the Christmas vacation. Coursework with submission dates after the Christmas vacation will either be submitted at an earlier date or at the same time remotely.

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