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If you counted the bacteria in your gut, you might be surprised to find that you have 10 times more than you have cells in your body;
The moment we are born, we become colonised with beneficial microbial life, the start of a relationship that impacts upon our health and well-being
Pathogenic microbes represent an important health threat requiring an understanding both of infection and technology that we use to protect us.
This course explores the positive and negative aspects of our relationship with microbes, and how our immune system helps to maintain a fragile peace with our closest neighbours
|Session||Second Sub Session||Credit Points||15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)|
Bacteria, fungi, algae, protozoa and viruses occupy all niches of this planet, from the deepest oceans to the human body. Their success in such a wide variety of environments is dependent on their diversity and adaptability. This course is an introduction to the biology and ecology of micro-organisms, and an introduction to the immune system and its role in protecting against microbial disease. The course stresses the importance of man's relationships with micro-organisms, from disease to biotechnology and in particular, describes how we build immunity by meeting all of the challenges that arise in combating infection.
Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.
1st Attempt: 1 two-hour extended matching question (EMQ) examination (70%) and in-course assessment (30%). Continuous assessment comprises: 4 written practical reports (15% in total), 4 homework assignments (15% in total). Resit: 1 two-hour EMQ examination (70%) and previous continuous assessment (30%).
PRS questions during lectures and practice questions on WebCT. EMQ Mock Exam