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MICROBIOLOGY

For Level 1 and 2 courses, please refer to entries under Biology

> Level 3
MC 3504
MOLECULAR MICROBIOLOGY
CREDIT POINTS 30

Course Co-ordinator: Dr P Cash

Pre-requisite(s): BI 20M3, BI 25M5

Note(s): BI 2002 strongly recommended as Pre-requisite.

This course presents molecular approaches in current experimental microbiology. Areas covered include molecular mechanisms of adaptations to the environment, including pathogenesis and interactions with other cells; evolutionary relationships among microbes; signal transduction, differentiation and secondary metabolism; measurement of microbial processes and models; microbial communities.

Throughout the course, emphasis is placed on direct relevance of these topics to current problems in medicine, agriculture, food and related industries.

3 one-hour lectures per week and 1 full day practical per week for the first 8 weeks of the course. 3 two-hour tutorials to be arranged at intervals during the course.

1st Attempt: 1 three-hour essay examination (65%) and in-course assessment (35%).

Continuous assessment comprises: 1 laboratory report, 1 essay (1,500 words)

Resit: 1 three-hour essay examination (65%) and previous continuous assessment (35%).

Formative Assessment and Feedback Information

Two PRS-based revision sessions allow students to answer MCQ questions on all aspects of the course.

Informal questions presented associated with lecture blocks.

Practical reports and essays will be marked with written comments.

Students are given general feedback on performance during PRS revision sessions.

 

> Level 4

PLEASE NOTE: Resit: (for Honours students only): Candidates achieving a CAS mark of 6-8 may be awarded compensatory level 1 credit. Candidates achieving a CAS mark of less than 6 will be required to submit themselves for re-assessment and should contact the Course Co-ordinator for further details.

MC 4012
MICROBIOLOGY A
CREDIT POINTS 30

Course Co-ordinator: Dr B Muller

Pre-requisite(s): MC 3504, MB 3006 and BC 3503 or IM 3501 and 30 other credit points at level 3.

Co-requisite(s): MC 4514, MB 4050.

The formal teaching comprises two options each 15h contact time. Each option will cover seperate areas of Microbiology working from the original literature under the supervision of 1-3 members of staff.

Two essays will be written and examined. All students are required to prepare for, and to attend, a reading party in the week prior to term. Tutorials will be held at regular intervals with the tutor appointed by the Head of School.

1st Attempt: 2 elements (33.3%), in-course assessment in the form of two essays, 4 elements (66.7%) in the form of a single three hour exam paper.

MC 4013
MOLECULAR MICROBIOLOGY A
CREDIT POINTS 30

Course Co-ordinator: Dr Berndt Mueller

Pre-requisite(s): MC 3504, MB 3006, BC 3503 + 30 other credit points at level 3.

Co-requisite(s): MC 4515, MB 4050.

The formal teaching comprises two options each 15h contact time. Each option will cover seperate areas of Microbiology working from the original literature under the supervision of 1-3 members of staff.

Two essays will be written and examined. All students are required to prepare for, and to attend, a reading party in the week prior to term. Tutorials will be held at regular intervals with the tutor appointed by the Head of School.

1st Attempt: 2 elements (33.3%), in-course assessment in the form of two essays, 4 elements (66.7%) in the form of a single three hour exam paper.

MC 4514
HONOURS MICROBIOLOGY B
CREDIT POINTS 60

Course Co-ordinator: Professor K Docherty

Pre-requisite(s): MB 3006, MC 3504 and BC 3503 or IM 3501 and 30 other credit points at level 3.

Co-requisite(s): MC 4012, MB4050

The core element of the course is a research project that involves 10 weeks laboratory work and production of a thesis. Assessment is on the basis of the performance in the laboratory, the thesis, and the project seminar. Two research tutorials will be organised by academic staff and will be assessed by examination at the end of the semester. Tutorials will be held at regular intervals with the tutor appointed by the Head of Department.

1st Attempt: 2 two-hour examinations (2 elements each) and 1 four-hour examination (3 elements) (63.6%); in-course assessment (36.4%).

MC 4515
HONOURS MOLECULAR MICROBIOLOGY B
CREDIT POINTS 60

Course Co-ordinator: Professor K Docherty

Pre-requisite(s): MB 3006, MC 3504 and BC 3503 and 30 other credit points at level 3.

Co-requisite(s): MC 4013, MB 4050

The core element of the course is a research project that involves 10 weeks laboratory work and production of a thesis. Assessment is on the basis of the performance in the laboratory, the thesis, and the project seminar. Two research tutorials will be organised by academic staff and will be assessed by examination at the end of the Semester. Tutorials will be held at regular intervals with the tutor appointed by the Head of Department.

1st Attempt: 2 two-hour examinations (2 elements each) and 1 four-hour examination (3 elements) (63.6%); in-course assessment (36.4%).