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MICR3212 Advanced Topics in Microbiology 3

20 creditsClass Size: 60

Module manager: Dr Emanuele Paci

Taught: Semester 2 View Timetable

Year running 2019/20

Pre-requisite qualifications

This module is currently only available to Level 3 undergraduates registered on Microbiology, Biological Sciences and Genetics degree programmes. However Genetics students must have an appropriate background in Microbiology / Virology and obtain the approval of the Genetics and Microbiology Programme leaders.

This module is mutually exclusive with

BIOC3231Advanced Topics in Biochemistry 3
BIOC3232Advanced Topics in Medical Biochemistry 3
BIOL3211Advanced Topics for Biological Sciences 3
BIOL3215Cancer Biology
MICR3212Advanced Topics in Microbiology 3

This module is not approved as a discovery module


Students will have knowledge of a range of Microbiology topics at the forefront of research within the School.
- Managing Knowledge: sourcing / selecting / interpreting data.
- Technical Competence: IT skills.
- Managing Self: planning, time management.
- Presentation Skills: essay.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module, students should have:
- gained a knowledge of current research in a range of MIcrobiological topics chosen from the list of topics presented, and with reference to their programme specialism, subject interests and career intentions;
- developed their communication and presentation skills by researching and preparing an essay on a topic of current microbiological interest.

Skills outcomes
- Managing Knowledge: Assimilation of information
- Sourcing/selecting/interpreting, Data evaluation/problem solving
- Technical Competence: IT skills
- Managing Self: Planning, Time Management
- Managing Inter-relationships: Team work, Decision taking, Learning from others, Sharing, Receiving critique
- Presentation skills: Report, Essays, Oral.


The module will comprise a series of at least ten advanced topics from which students will be required to choose five topics.

The topics presented will reflect current developments across microbiology and exploit the current collective expertise of the School's academic and research staff. In each topic lecturers will present current thinking and research findings, referring students to the research literature. Students will be required to read the up-to-date research literature to advance their knowledge beyond the material presented in the lectures.

For coursework, students will be required to choose (from a list made available at the time) a topic in contemporary microbiology on which to write an essay-style assignment, independently researching the topic in the current scientific literature.

Topics will be presented to cover all specialisms covered by the individual degree programmes.

Teaching methods

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

Private study

Private study will be devoted to:
- preparation for lectures and producing good notes thereafter (~90 hours)
- writing coursework essay (30 hours)
- and preparing for the end-of-semester examination (50 hours).

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Progress will be monitored by student performance in the in-course 2,000 word essay.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
EssayFormative assessment: in-course 2,000 word essay0.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)0.00

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

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

There is no reading list for this module

Last updated: 17/04/2019


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