Module title: Infection and Immunity [Hong Kong]

SCQF level: 09:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: BMS09606
Module leader: Clare Taylor
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: LIFE SCIENCES

Appropriate knowledge at SCQF level 7/8 of introductory microbiology

2020/1, Trimester 2, FACE-TO-FACE,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: FACE-TO-FACE
Location of delivery: HONG KONG
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Clare Taylor
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
This module will be delivered through a combination of lectures, directed online learning and supporting tutorials. Tutorial classes will include interactive sessions during which students work in small groups to undertake problem-solving exercises (LO1-3). Laboratory classes will support thematic learning (LO 4-5).

Group work and oral communication skills are required for both tutorial work and the laboratory component. IT skills are required for the use of Moodle and for on-line searches associated with the preparation/submission of coursework, and for tutorial preparation. Scholarship skills are required for the directed reading associated with the lecture/tutorial programme. Critical thinking, numeracy and problem solving is required for evaluating scientific data.

Formative Assessment:
Formative feedback occurs in tutorial sessions and laboratory sessions when students will have the opportunity to participate in learning huddles to discuss and compare their solutions/data with their peers, and with model answers.
Online formative assessments in weeks 3 and 5 will be provided to help students engage with the theoretical content of the module and to provide feedforward for summative assessments in weeks 7, 9 & 11.

Summative Assessment:
In weeks 7, 9 & 11, students will engage in a series of 3 x 1hour online assessments which will be used primarily to determine achievement of LOs 4-5, and to ensure completion of directed online activities. These online, multiple-choice tests will require students to analyse different experimental methods for measuring pathogen responses (LO4), as well as evaluating the outcomes of experiments by interpreting scientific data presented in published papers (LO5). A final summative assessment will assess scientific knowledge and understanding of relevant examples that illustrate LOs1-3.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 9
Face To Face Tutorial 9
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 12
Online Guided independent study 12
Independent Learning Guided independent study 155.5
Online Centrally Time Tabled Examination 2.5
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Class Test 20 4 & 5 7 HOURS= 01.00
Class Test 20 4 & 5 9 HOURS= 01.00
Class Test 20 4 & 5 11 HOURS= 01.00
Centrally Time Tabled Examination 40 1,2 & 3 14/15 HOURS= 02.00
Component 1 subtotal: 60
Component 2 subtotal: 40
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

In this module you will investigate the mechanisms by which medically-important microorganisms interact with the immune system to cause infection in humans. As well as considering immune evasion and diagnostic methods, new and current strategies to prevent and treat infection will also be examined, in the context of antimicrobial resistance. You will develop key transferable skills including analysis of scientific writing, laboratory skills, and critical thinking skills.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Illustrate the diversity of microbial pathogens which cause infection in humans;
LO2: Compare and contrast strategies by which different pathogens invade and cause infections in a host, including subversion of the immune system;
LO3: Evaluate strategies for the prevention and treatment of infection, including in the context of antimicrobial resistance;
LO4: Evaluate the use of different experimental approaches relevant to medical microbiology;
LO5: Evaluate experimental data and develop critical thinking skills.

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