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This course will provide students with microbiology knowledge for further advanced studies and will provide training in microbiological laboratory techniques. At the end of this course students will have an understanding of microbes associated with health and disease (including bacteria, fungi and viruses), practical and academic understanding of laboratory techniques required for the culture, identification and characterisation of microbes, and increased confidence in reading and critiquing primary research literature.
|Session||First Sub Session||Credit Points||15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)|
Lectures will cover basic microbiology and microbes associated with health and disease.
Practical classes will cover selective culturing of microorganisms, Gram staining, other techniques and microscopy to characterise microorganisms, tests to assist in identification of species, and antimicrobial drug susceptibility testing.
Journal clubs will be held on a weekly basis and will be used to encourage students to engage with current scientific literature and to become confident in critiquing the information.
Prescribed course for: MSc Microbiology
Elective course for: MSc Genetics, MSc Immunology, MRes Medical Mycology and Fungal Immunology, MSc Molecular Medicine, MRes Medical Sciences, MSc Industrial Biotechnology. Any other new Masters programme in life sciences
Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.
1st attempt; continuous assessment (written practical report in manuscript form)(50%); one 2 hour written examination - MCQ (50%) Resit: Oral interview to determine whether the student has achieved the learning outcomes of the course.
Students are encouraged to submit their practical report manuscript for formative feedback one week before the final deadline - all reports are commented upon individually via myAberdeen.
Students receive formative written feedback on their practical report via myAberdeen. The final submitted version is also commented upon in myAberdeen and additional comments on how the learner could improve in the future are submitted via myAberdeen, as well as a rubric giving feedback on performance in various areas for the assessment. Students can ask for feedback on their MCQ exam.