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Antimicrobial agents

Course Co-ordinator: Dr K J Forbes


Co-requisite(s): GS5001, SK5003, MC5004, MC5003

In depth study and reportage on the special topic.

Lectures and tutorials.

Examination (100%)

Understanding microbiological research publications

Course Co-ordinator: Dr K J Forbes


Co-requisite(s): GS5001, SK5003, MC5004, MC50032

Analysis of the methods and data in 3-4 research papers as examples of the way microbial research is conducted. Special emphasis will be on papers published from medical molecular microbiology. Each tutorial 2 h for groups of 3-4 students and with a requirement for ~ 20 private study/paper. Students will be expected to prepare written scripts of their answers and to hand this in for formative assessment.

8-10 contact hours over the duration of the course to include tutorials

Examination (100 %)

Approaches to Microbiology

Course Co-ordinator: Dr Ken Forbes

Pre-requisite(s): GS50M1, SK5003, MC5002, MC5003, MC5004.

Co-requisite(s): MC5501.

Intensive study on a specific topic in Molecular Approaches to Microbiology using three tutorials with students over a two week period whereby students will be reading a diversity of publications and culminate in a student presentation in a seminar style.

Examination (100%).

Current Techniques in Microbiology

Course Co-ordinator: Dr Ken J. Forbes; Prof Graeme L. Paton

Pre-requisite(s): None

Visit to research laboratories in the College of Life Sciences and Medicine carrying out microbiological research. These visits include a laboratory tour and a seminar describing the research carried out in each laboratory.

1 three hour laboratory visit & seminar per week.

Continuous assessment based on a presentation (30%) and a laboratory folder (70%).

Research Project in Medical Molecular Microbiology

Course Co-ordinator: Dr K J Forbes

Pre-requisite(s): Attainment at the appropriate (MSc) level in the taught courses of the Diploma/MSc Medical Molecular Microbiology common programme.

The majority of the work carried out will be student directed. Guidance will be given via project supervisors and a series of informal tutorial and laboratory meetings. To allow the maximum benefit to be gained by students taking this course, the MSc programme has been designed to have already equipped students with the required scientific background (extended essay) and practical skills to make rapid progress from day one in the laboratory.

Laboratory meetings and tutorial meetings with supervisor. On average 1 h face to face a week plus additional access when required. This will increase to several hours per week as the project laboratory bench time finishes, thesis write up begins together with the preparation of presentation etc.

100% continuous. The assessment will be broken down into three parts:
Assessment of laboratory work including laboratory note book etc (10%)
Assessment of a scientific presentation followed by question and answer session on the project carried out (25%)
Preparation of approx 20 000 word thesis describing methods used, results obtained, and discussion/conclusions drawn from these results. This must be prepared following a defined scientific format(65%)