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Course Overview

  • understanding the fundamental processes of microbial infections of animals and plants; 
  • this course provides detailed information on cellular & molecular processes that determine successful infection strategies of fungi, oomycetes, bacteria; 
  • this advanced course also informs you about microbe-host interactions, microbial stress adaptation, disease control and host resistance strategies; 
  • you will give a small presentation and participate in tutorials discussing microbial infection strategies based on research papers, which will help prepare you for your final exams

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 Pieter Van West

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Programme Level 4

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Course Description

Course Aims: The aim of this course - Microbiology Option 2 - is to provide insight into microbial genetics and biochemistry, led by a study of the primary literature in this field. Main Learning Outcomes: In Microbiology Option 2 -, students will gain knowledge and achieve an understanding of the processes of microbial growth and development, and their impacts on the interaction of the microbe with its environment, including the human host. Content: The growth and colonisation of fungi and bacteria of their environmental niches; study of the biochemistry, physiology and pathology of a range of microbial species. 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 two-hour written paper (70%), in-course assessment (30%) consisting of a written essay style assessment.

Formative Assessment

Practice exam questions for Honours courses will be available via MyAberdeen

Whole-year exam information sessions will be delivered during the year

Problem-solving and data analysis sessions will be delivered during the year


In-course assessments will provide written comments and feedback

Opportunity for whole-class feedback will be provided during exam information and problem-solving sessions

Course Learning Outcomes


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