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Last modified: 28 Jun 2018 10:27

Course Overview

  • a course detailing how microbial pathogenesis has evolved, and the nature of pathogenicity factors in bacterial and fungal pathogens;
  • a course in which lecture material is supported by bioinformatic workshops and individual presentations – your chance to team-work, problem-solve and ask questions; 
  • contains an bioinformatic research practical in which you study the genome structure of pairs of bacterial species, a pathogen, and a closely-related non-pathogen. This includes a presentation workshop where you will describe the outcome of your genome analysis and literature research; 
  • incorporates lectures detailing the evolution of fungal and bacterial pathogenicity factors, and their diagnosis in the hospital laboratory

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 4
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Professor Ian Stansfield

Qualification Prerequisites


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

  • One of Intercalating (Studied) or MB3005 The Molecular Biology of the Cell (Passed) or MB3006 The Molecular Biology of the Cell (Passed)
  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?


Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

Course Aims: The aim of this course - Microbiology Option 1 - is to provide insight into microbial genomics and genetics of microbial pathogens and other microorganisms, led by a study of the primary literature in this field. Main Learning Outcomes: In Microbiology Option 1 -, students will gain knowledge and achieve an understanding into microbial physiology and genomics. They will learn how to different aspects of the biology of microorganisms impact on human health and microbial survival, as well as the molecular mechanisms underpinning evolution of pathogenic character. Content: Microbial physiology and genomics; microbial pathogenicity factors; mechanisms of genome evolution. Additional insight into fundamental aspects of Microbiology will be achieved by independently researching and writing a literature review essay.

Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

1st Attempt: 1 three-hour written paper (75%), in-course assessment consisting of one essay (2000 words) (25%). Resit: 1 three-hour written paper (75%), plus previous in-course assessment essay (2000 words) (25%).

Formative Assessment

- Mock exam with personal tutor allows students to practice for essay based exams and receive feedback on their performance. - Case-study exercise with feedback in preparation for summative assessments. - Practice exam questions on MyAberdeen. - Problem-solving sessions with personal tutor.


- Essays will be marked with written comments. - Problem solving questions will be discussed during a lecture/feedback session. - Tutorial sessions will provide feedback on course content. - Comments will be provided on the mock exam question. - Feedback on problem-based learning exercise.

Course Learning Outcomes


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