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Course Overview

This course will provide you with insights into key infectious diseases of humans and domestic animals of major importance around the world and approaches to control these diseases

Practicals include hands-on modern molecular diagnostic techniques for disease detection and surveillance

In course assessments include group-work posters, talks and the production of public health information pamphlets

The mixture of a theoretical background, hands-on modern practical techniques and communication skills via different media gives a base from which to develop careers in the extensive field of infectious disease

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 3
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr Alan Bowman

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Either Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4

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

  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)
  • One of BI1012 Diversity of Life 1 (Passed) or BI1512 Diversity of Life 2 (Passed) or BI2001 Community Ecology (Passed) or BI2008 Diversity of Life (Passed) or BI2012 Diversity of Life - Theory (Passed) or BI2013 Diversity of Life - Practical (Passed) or BI2014 Diversity of Life - Semester 1 (Passed) or BI2016 Community Ecology (Passed) or BI2019 Community Ecology (Passed) or BI2020 Ecology (Passed) or BI2508 Principles of Animal Physiology (Passed) or BI2510 Principles of Animal Physiology (Passed) or BI2514 Diversity of Life - Semester 2 (Passed) or BI25M1 Energy for Life (Passed) or BI25M5 Microbes, Infection & Immunity (Passed) or BI25M6 Energy for Life (Passed) or BI25M7 Energy for Life (Passed) or ZO3513 Environmental Physiology (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

The aim of this course is to provide a thorough overview of the principles of infectious diseases affecting man and animals. Lectures will cover principles of infection, epidemiology, zoonoses, control strategies, notifiable diseases and their containment, and vector borne disease. Lectures rely heavily on specific examples of the major groups of infectious organisms that, in part, reflect the interests of the team.

Associated Costs


Further Information & Notes

This course runs in weeks 31-35, and is scheduled in Thread 2, so may have contact hours in any or all of these times:  Mondays, 14-18; Tuesday, all day; Friday, 14-18. 

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 two-hour written examination (50%); in-course assessment (50%). In-course assessment comprises group work and poster presentation (20%) and 3 practical write-ups (30%).

Resit: Similar to 1st attempt, with continuous assessment mark(s) and /or exam mark carried forward with an opportunity to resit either or both, depending on what was failed in the first attempt.

Formative Assessment

A strong emphasis will be made throughout the course on informal verbal feedback during practical and poster sessions.


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.

Course Learning Outcomes


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