MIC3046 : Microbiota and pathogens: Mucosal Microbiota, Protozoa and Fungi
- Offered for Year: 2018/19
- Module Leader(s): Professor Robert Hirt
- Lecturer: Dr David Bolam, Dr Julian Rutherford, Professor Jeffrey Pearson, Dr Anjam Khan, Professor T. Martin Embley, Professor Janet Quinn
- Owning School: Biomedical Sciences
- Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
|Semester 1 Credit Value:||20|
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.
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||28||1:00||28:00||N/A|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Small group teaching||2||2:00||4:00||Seminars|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||168||1:00||168:00||N/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).
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Written Examination||120||2||A||80||Choice of 3 from 6 questions, 1 from each pair.|
|Prob solv exercises||1||M||10||Short questions|
|Prob solv exercises||1||M||N/A|
|Written exercise||1||M||Short 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.