Medical Microbiology

Module summary

Module code: OMED0074
Level: 6
Credits: 15
School: Engineering and Science
Department: Science
Module Coordinator(s): Giulia Getti



• To build upon students prior knowledge of microbiology by examining advanced topics in the field of medical microbiology.
• To provide a critical understanding of infectious diseases, the link between pathogens and host, microbial identification, control and therapy.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module a student will be able to:
1. Discuss the organismal, cellular and molecular level of the inter-relationship between pathogens and the human host in vivo.
2. Show a critical understanding of all taught topics
3. Critically evaluate the means used to identify the aetiological agents of infectious disease.
4. Discuss in detail the mechanisms of action of chemotherapeutic treatments against infectious diseases.

Indicative content

Structure and biochemistry of medically relevant viruses, bacteria, fungi and protozoa. Case studies of infectious diseases of the urinogenital tract, alimentary canal, respiratory system and central nervous system. Overview of Emergent diseases. Immunological, epidemiological and pathological interactions between infectious micro-organisms and humans. Conventional and modern means of identifying micro-organisms in clinical samples. Principles of antimicrobial therapy and the occurrence of microbial resistance.

Teaching and learning activity

This module will be delivered mainly through lectures, which will provide an appropriately detailed knowledge base; lectures will also be used to present and explain concepts. Weekly tutorials will help to motivate students and will assist in the learning process, these will be integrated into an interactive lecture. Students will be expected to use recent research literature, as well as good quality relevant web-sites (e.g. NCBI – National Centre for Biotechnology Information) to support their learning. Through the lectures, tutorial assessments and study of papers they will be supported in developing their critical evaluation skills, which will be demonstrated through their critical review.


Exam: 40% weighting, 40% pass mark.
Learning Outcomes: 1 - 4.
Duration: 1.5 hours.
Outline Details: Closed Book Exam.

Presentation: 60% weighting, 40% pass mark.
Learning Outcomes: 1, 3.
Word Length: 250 words per student.
Outline Details: Clinical Group presentation with individually reflected statements.

Formative Assessment: Formative submission of Case study topics Draft.