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MC5009: CURRENT MICROBIOLOGY (2022-2023)

Last modified: 02 Nov 2022 14:10


Course Overview

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), academic and practical understanding of laboratory techniques required for the culture, identification and characterisation of microbes, and increased confidence in reading and critiquing primary research literature.

Please note that some of the material on this course may describe animal research and/or may discuss disease outbreaks.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr Donna M. Maccallum

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

  • One of Master Of Science In Molecular Medicine or Master Of Science In Immunology And Immunotherapy or Master Of Science In Biotechnology And Bioinformatics or MSc Microbiology

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 aim of this course is to provide students with microbiology knowledge and experience for further advanced studies and will provide training in microbiological laboratory techniques and experimental design.

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.

Students will be assessed by two class tests (MCQs and short answer questions), preparing a grant proposal and a final end-of-course short answer question exam paper.


Details for second half-session courses, including assessments, may be subject to change until 23 December 2022.

Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown

  • 4 Science Laboratories during University week11
  • 1 Tutorial during University weeks 8 - 9, 13, 15, 17, 19
  • 2 Tutorials during University weeks 10, 12, 14, 16, 18

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Details for second half-session courses, including assessments, may be subject to change until 23 December 2022.

Summative Assessments

Grant Application

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 50
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Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualUnderstandUnderstanding of microbes associated with health and disease, including bacteria,fungi and viruses
ProceduralApplyPractical and academic understanding of laboratory techniques required for theculture, identification and characterisation of microbes.
ProceduralCreateCreate a grant application based upon the techniques, analyses and results obtained during the practical sessions and from knowledge obtained in lectures and journal club
ReflectionEvaluateIncreased confidence in reading and critiquing primary research literature

Class Test

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 20
Assessment Weeks 19 Feedback Weeks 20

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Short Answer Questions

Individual feedback is provided as feedback to learner in MyAberdeen for the short answer questions, as well as a CGS mark being awarded

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualUnderstandUnderstanding of microbes associated with health and disease, including bacteria,fungi and viruses
ProceduralApplyPractical and academic understanding of laboratory techniques required for theculture, identification and characterisation of microbes.
ReflectionEvaluateIncreased confidence in reading and critiquing primary research literature

2 Online Multiple Choice Question Assessments

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 30
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Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualUnderstandUnderstanding of microbes associated with health and disease, including bacteria,fungi and viruses
ProceduralApplyPractical and academic understanding of laboratory techniques required for theculture, identification and characterisation of microbes.

Formative Assessment

Grant Application

Assessment Type Formative Weighting 0
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Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
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Resit Assessments

Oral Exam

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 100
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30 min - assessing all ILOs

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
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Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ProceduralCreateCreate a grant application based upon the techniques, analyses and results obtained during the practical sessions and from knowledge obtained in lectures and journal club
ProceduralApplyPractical and academic understanding of laboratory techniques required for theculture, identification and characterisation of microbes.
ConceptualUnderstandUnderstanding of microbes associated with health and disease, including bacteria,fungi and viruses
ReflectionEvaluateIncreased confidence in reading and critiquing primary research literature

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