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2023/24 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

BIOL5125M Infectious and Non-Infectious Diseases

15 creditsClass Size: 60

Module manager: Dr Glenn McConkey

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2023/24

Pre-requisite qualifications

A first degree in chemical or biological sciences

Module replaces

BIOL5171M: Infectious and Non-Infectious Diseases, 10c

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

Lectures and discussions on a range of infectious and inherited pathogenic mechanisms. Infectious pathogens will include viruses, fungi, and parasitic protozoa. Hereditary disorders will include cardiovascular disease, cancer, neurological disorders, and chromosomal abnormalities.


The principal aim is to provide introduction pathogenic mechanisms for both inherited and infectious diseases focussed on exemplary examples. This will be achieved by delivering:

- advanced tuition on the interaction of microbial pathogens with their hosts, with emphasis on new facets gleaned from genomics.

- Current understanding of molecular mechanisms in both the host and pathogen for viruses, fungi, and protozoan parasite infections

- Providing an up-to-date view on a spectrum of human disorders, focusing especially on the genetic and environmental factors underlying human disease.

- Introducing current research relating to mechanisms responsible for susceptibility and resistance to disease, genetic abnormalities and other conditions such as cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and cancer.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module, students should be able to:

1. Describe several microbial pathogens including viruses, fungi, and parasitic protozoa and their effects on hosts at the organismal, cellular, and molecular levels.

2. Critically reflect on how host-pathogen interactions impact pathogen detection and treatment.

3. Design hypotheses and experimental approaches that evaluate human hereditary disorders and the molecular mechanisms underlying these disorders based on current research.

4. Demonstrate an understanding of the mechanisms involved in and possible causes responsible for a number of disorders such as schizophrenia, cancer and diseases related to cardiovascular malfunction.

5. Apply their knowledge on the hereditary basis of resistance and susceptibility to common infectious and non-infectious diseases.

Skills outcomes
Opportunities for professional development, training and skill enhancement include timekeeping and organizational skills through the preparation and delivery of course work for the exercises. Attendance, note-taking and participation in the teaching and learning and also research tutorial discussions will also develop organizational and learning skills. The group exercise develops these as well as group work skills.


Lectures and discussions on a range of infectious and inherited pathogenic mechanisms. Infectious pathogens will include viruses, fungi, and parasitic protozoa. Hereditary disorders will include, cancer, cardiovascular disease, neurological disorders, and chromosomal abnormalities.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Group learning81.008.00
Independent online learning hours50.00
Private study hours75.00
Total Contact hours25.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Student progress will be monitored through the assessed critical analysis assignments and feedback provided.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
CritiqueCritique 1500 word30.00
Group ProjectGroup research and outline, independent report 6 pages70.00
CritiqueFormative critique 1500 word0.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Assessment in the form of group work will be an individual resit

Reading list

There is no reading list for this module

Last updated: 28/04/2023 14:48:03


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