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MICR3212 Advanced Topics in Microbiology 3

20 creditsClass Size: 60

Module manager: Dr Glyn Hemsworth

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2023/24

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


To introduce students to a range of research topics in the broad field of biochemistry, biological sciences and microbiology, and develop their ability to collate, critically analyse, and describe scientific information.

Students are recommended to attend five advanced topics.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module students should be able to:
1. Discuss in-depth a range of research topics at the forefront of microbiology;
2. Select and critique scientific information obtained from reputable sources and
integrate the material to provide an up to date account of the topic under
3. Demonstrate advanced communication skills through presentation of the
material in written format.

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 advanced topics reflecting current
developments across biological sciences/ biochemistry/, medical biochemistry/ or
microbiology. 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.

Human-Microbe Interactions: an ‘omics view
Haematological cancers
Molecular Oncology
Streptomyces, the Antibiotic Makers
Stem cells
Virus-host interactions

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

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

This module will be delivered online through digital platforms such as Collaborate Ultra and Microsoft TEAMS. The digital platform used for delivery of each session is included in the online module timetable. Teaching on this module will include a combination of learning approaches including live sessions (e.g. interactive lectures, Q&A sessions), pre-recorded sessions, group activities, discussion boards and quizzes. To maximise your learning and performance on the modules, you are expected to engage fully with all of the activities set. A detailed explanation of the
module structure and the associated learning activities will be described at the start of the module.

Methods of assessment

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Online Time-Limited assessment24 hr 100.00
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: 28/04/2023 14:48:21


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