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2022/23 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

MICR2220 Medical Bacteriology

10 creditsClass Size: 150

Module manager: Professor Alex O'Neill

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2022/23

This module is approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module provides a detailed introduction to the types of human disease caused by bacterial pathogens. Students will learn about how bacteria cause disease, types of disease and treatment of bacterial infections.


The purpose of this module is to provide a detailed insight into the different types of human disease caused by selected model bacterial pathogens and how these can be treated.

Learning outcomes
On completion of the module students will be able to:
- Understand the different types of human disease caused by bacteria;
- Describe the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of bacterial disease;
- Appreciate the factors that predispose to bacterial infection/ hinder effective treatment;
- Assimilate lecture material with self-directed learning resources provided in MInerva.


- How bacteria cause disease
- Urinary tract infections
- The role of biofilms in bacterial infections
- STDs
- GI tract infections
- Bone, joint and soft tissue infections
- Respiratory tract infections
- Infections of the heart and circulatory system
- CNS infections
- Infections in the health-care setting
- Prevention and prophylaxis of bacterial infection
- The role of biofilms in bacterial infections
- Bacterial vaccines
- Antibiotics & antibacterial chemotherapy
- Antibiotic resistance.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours81.00
Total Contact hours19.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

81 hours: preparation for lectures, in-course assessments and exam, on-line material.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

- Lectures delivered live via Collaborate Ultra, with time allocated for Q&A with students and additional pre-learning and consolidation work built in to enhance student engagement.
- Completion of coursework MCQs and exam
- Engagement with Minerva resources.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
In-course Assessment1 x summative MCQ in Minerva20.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)20.00

Further guidance on the assessment will be provided in Minerva.

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Online Time-Limited assessment3 hr 00 mins80.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)80.00

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: 05/04/2023 13:36:41


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