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

Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


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

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture281:0028:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching22:004:00Seminars
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1681:00168:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures will provide students with key information (K1-3). The two seminars 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

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1202A80Choice of 3 from 6 questions, 1 from each pair.
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1M101000 words
Prob solv exercises1M10Short questions
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Prob solv exercises1MN/A
Written exercise1MShort questions
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Two seminar sessions are used to allow students to engage in critical analysis of current literature. The first seminar will be a formative exercise in which students critically analyse 2 papers, answer specific questions and through discussion obtain feedback on their success (K1-3; S1). Using this formative feedback the students will perform a similar task (Problem Solving Exercise 1) but under exam conditions to prepare them for the final exam. The written essay is designed to assess the student’s ability to assimilate, critically analyse and synthesise a wider body of knowledge from across the module (K1-3; S1-3), these are skills the student will be expected to demonstrate in the final examination. By pairing the questions in the final exam, this will provide the student with both a choice and the opportunity to demonstrate their ability to meet the knowledge learning outcomes (K1-3) and skills LOs S1 and S3.

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