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ZO3808: BIOLOGY AND CONTROL OF INFECTIOUS DISEASES (2022-2023)

Last modified: 31 May 2022 13:20


Course Overview

The variety of infections and pathologies seems almost limitless, and although some of the commonest infections have been studied intensely, it's fair to say that the biological and environmental processes relating to infections are often poorly-understood. We are also living through a time when some deadly diseases are on the increase – this is for a host of reasons including overuse of antibiotics or misinformation about common therapies such as vaccination. Infectious disease isn’t going away.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 3
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr John Baird

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Either Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

None.

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

The variety of infections and pathologies seems almost limitless, and although some of the commonest infections have been studied intensely, it's fair to say that the biological and environmental processes relating to infections are often poorly-understood. We are also living through a time when some deadly diseases are on the increase – this is for a host of reasons including overuse of antibiotics or misinformation about common therapies such as vaccination. Infectious disease isn’t going away.

 

The main purpose of this course is to introduce you to the broad variety of disease-causing agents and vectors of disease, and also to look at a selection of (mainly vectored) diseases and systems in detail, including: general biology, life histories, pathologies, host response, prophylaxis and therapies, epidemiology and socio-political aspects. This information will be supplemented by practical sessions during which you will enhance your knowledge and technical skills and, in a group presentation (groups of two), during which you will develop your communication skills and explore aspects of disease not covered in the lectures.

 

When appropriate, teaching material will relate to disease in humans, but diseases in other animals will also be covered. This breadth is important in terms of understanding how infectious agents function - many diseases affect various different taxa and many diseases pass through several species during their life-cycle.

 

On completion of the course you should feel confident that you have a broad understanding of infectious disease in humans and other animals and a detailed understanding of a range of infectious diseases. Also, your skills in data handling, molecular diagnostics, report writing and presenting will have been enhanced. The mixture of a theoretical background, hands-on modern practical techniques and communication skills gives a base from which to develop careers in the extensive field of infectious disease. These techniques are also transferable to many other disciplines and career paths.


Details, including assessment, may be subject to change until 31 July 2022 for 1st half-session courses and 23 December 2022 for 2nd half-session courses.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Science Laboratory during University week33
  • 2 Practicals during University week32
  • 1 Practical during University weeks 34 - 35
  • 3 Seminars during University weeks 32, 34
  • 2 Seminars during University weeks 33, 35, 39

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Details, including assessment, may be subject to change until 31 July 2022 for 1st half-session courses and 23 December 2022 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

Group Work and Poster Presentation

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 25
Assessment Weeks Feedback Weeks

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Feedback

Each student will receive individual feedback and a mark for each task. Feedback will be provided as written comments. Groups will also be given generic feedback. A strong emphasis will be made throughout the course on informal verbal feedback during practical and poster sessions.

Learning Outcomes
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Exam

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 50
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2x Practical Write-Ups

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 25
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Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Resit Assessments

Re-submission of failed elements

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Course Learning Outcomes

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