Core Module Information
Module title: Applied Medical Microbiology [Hong Kong]

SCQF level: 11:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: BMS11604
Module leader: Clare Taylor
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: LIFE SCIENCES


Description of module content:

12. Module Content
This module will examine in depth mechanisms of microbial virulence and pathogenicity and give you an insight into how clinically relevant bacteria, parasites and viruses cause disease in humans. You will examine current challenges related to emerging and re-emerging microbial disease, including the emergence of drug resistant infections. You will critically explore ways in which clinical infection is managed in healthcare environments and understand the role of public health control in the management of infectious disease. You will appraise current methods as well as new technologies used in diagnostic microbiology for the identification of microbial pathogens from clinical, environmental and food samples.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to:
LO1: Analyse the dynamic interactions that take place between host and microbe during the establishment of infection.
LO2: Critically assess current strategies and international guidelines for public health control including those applied to foodborne and environmentally-acquired infection
LO3: Critically review and challenge scientific literature to develop analytical and communication skills
LO4: Select and apply appropriate laboratory techniques to enhance understanding of key knowledge that underpins the module learning outcomes.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 1, 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 face-to-face lectures, tutorials (LO1–3) and laboratory sessions used to develop scientific and employability skills (LO4). Recent developments in the understanding of microbial pathogens and the development of diagnostic methods and therapies will be emphasised using peer-reviewed scientific literature (LO3 & 5).The themes covered in this module will cover pathogens of global importance.

Key employability skills for scientists are embedded throughout the module including laboratory skills, evaluating experimental data, problem-solving, critical appraisal of literature and scientific writing.

The module is supported by a VLE (Moodle) which is used to provide class materials (including lectures, tutorials and laboratory classes), resource such as animations, videos, direct links to relevant web-based resource, e:submission of all coursework, self-assessment test, interactive teaching resource, and independent study materials to cover expected prior-learning. Reflecting the discipline, students use a wide range of technology to accomplish laboratory work and in silico analysis

Formative Assessment:
Compulsory formative assessment will be a mock exam; peer feedback will be discussed in class time. The discursive nature of this module will provide many opportunities for formative feedforward and feedback around learning and assessment, most particularly on a continuous basis within laboratory sessions. A formative mock exam held later in the module will support the students in their summative exam and provide an important feedback and feedforward opportunity.

Summative Assessment:
Summative assessment takes the form of laboratory reports, and problem solving during laboratory sessions (LOs 3-4) and a formal examination (LOs 1-3).

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 21
Face To Face Centrally Time Tabled Examination 3
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 33
Independent Learning Guided independent study 143
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Centrally Time Tabled Examination 50 1,2 & 3 14/15 HOURS= 3, WORDS= 0
Report 15 3 & 4 10 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 1500
Report 35 3 & 4 13 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 1500
Component 1 subtotal: 50
Component 2 subtotal: 50
Module subtotal: 100

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