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BI 25M5

Course Co-ordinator: Dr Frank Ward

Pre-requisite(s): SM 1001, SM 1501

Co-requisite(s): None

Bacteria, fungi, algae, protozoa and viruses occupy all niches of this planet, from the deepest oceans to the human body. Their success in such a wide variety of environments is dependent on their diversity and adaptability. This course is an introduction to the biology and ecology of micro-organisms. It stresses the importance of man's relationships with micro-organisms, from disease to biotechnology. The course also describes the interactions of the immune system with micro-organisms in disease, including a comprehensive review of immunology and how the immune system functions in combating infection.

3 one-hour lectures per week; 1 three-hour practical class every two weeks.

1st Attempt: 1 two-hour extended matching question (EMQ) examination (70%) and in-course assessment (30%).

Continuous assessment comprises: 4 written practical reports (15% in total), 4 homework assignments (15% in total).

Resit: 1 two-hour EMQ examination (70%) and previous continuous assessment (30%).