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MICR3120 Advanced Topics in Microbiology 1

20 creditsClass Size: 100

Module manager: Dr Emanuele Paci

Taught: Semester 1 View Timetable

Year running 2019/20

This module is mutually exclusive with

BIOC3111Advanced Topics in Biochemistry I
BIOC3112Advanced Topics in Medical Biochemistry I
BIOL3112Advanced Topics for Biological Sciences 1

This module is not approved as a discovery module


This module provides state of the art research led teaching focusing on 4 immunology topics, but also covers microbial systems biology, virus and parasites. Students are recommended to attend five advanced topics.

Learning outcomes
Students should become familiar with current research in a range of topical areas within the field of microbiology.


The module will consist of a number of "advanced topic units", each of which will contain a series of lectures ± other teaching sessions relating to a particular research topic within the field of microbiology. Students will attend, and do additional reading on, at least 5 of these ATUs.

This module is mutually exclusive with other Advanced topics modules in this semester within the faculty of biological sciences.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours170.00
Total Contact hours30.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

Reading lists will be provided in association with each lecture as a starting point for self-directed learning around the material in each ATU. An average of 5 hours additional reading/revision is allocated to each lecture.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

- Student attendance at lectures will be monitored in line with standard faculty practice.
- At level 3, and in light of the extensive reading around the topics that is required, continuous assessment will not be appropriate for most ATUs.

Methods of assessment

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)3 hr 00 mins100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 17/04/2019


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