CMB1003 : Microbiology and Immunology
- Offered for Year: 2019/20
- Module Leader(s): Dr Beth Lawry
- Lecturer: Dr Debra Bevitt, Dr Carys Watts, Dr Judith Hall, Professor Robert Hirt, Dr Damian Parry, Dr Tom Ewen
- Owning School: Biomedical Sciences
- Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
|Semester 2 Credit Value:||15|
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.
Outline Of Syllabus
The lectures and seminars cover the following topics:
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.
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.
Virology: virus structure and classification; bacteriophage; viruses of animals and man; plant viruses and viroids; assay of animal viruses; prions.
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||1:00||1:00||Formative class tests|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||32||1:00||32:00||N/A|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Small group teaching||2||1:00||2:00||Seminars|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||1||115:00||115:00||N/A|
Teaching Rationale And Relationship
1. Lectures 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.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Written Examination||90||2||A||100||MCQ format: 120 questions|
|Computer assessment||2||M||A mid-semester MCQ format exam (formative) will be provided to students under exam conditions.|
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.