AP0706 - Microbes and Disease

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What will I learn on this module?

You will learn about the impact of microbes (including viruses) on human health, with a particular emphasis on selected microbial diseases of major global significance. The emphasis is on furthering understanding of the epidemiology and pathogenesis of microbial disease, with further consideration of how these relate to diagnosis, treatment and strategies for disease prevention. The module content will have strong links to the research expertise of the module team.
As indicative content, suitable topics will likely include the biology of some of the following diseases: tuberculosis and other major mycobacterial diseases (leprosy; buruli ulcer); streptococcal pathogens; malaria; HIV and Hepatitis C virus; cholera as a representative diarrhoeal disease; chlamydia as a major sexually transmitted disease and a cause of blinding trachoma; polymicrobial infections.

How will I learn on this module?

On this module the underpinning theoretical concepts and principles will be covered in a lecture course, supported by in class workshop activities (e.g. discussion, presentations), with further materials provided as directed reading drawn from recent research literature. You will build on the class room learning and directed reading through independent study.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

You will be given lecture materials and directed reading to inform both self-directed learning and in-class activities. The workshop activities will provide opportunities for the module team to provide formative feedback.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
• Discuss the biology of representative major microbial diseases of man
Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
• Critically evaluate primary scientific literature in order to understand recent research
Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
• Appreciation of the global nature and societal burden of infectious disease

How will I be assessed?

Formal unseen exam

Pre-requisite(s)

N/A

Co-requisite(s)

AP0707 Microbial Diversity

Module abstract

This module focuses on the impact of microbes (including viruses) on human health, with a particular emphasis on selected microbial diseases of major global significance. The emphasis is on furthering understanding of the epidemiology and pathogenesis of microbial disease, with further consideration of how these relate to diagnosis, treatment and strategies for disease prevention. The module content will have strong links to the research expertise of the module team.
As indicative content, suitable topics may include the biology of some of the following diseases: tuberculosis and other major mycobacterial diseases (leprosy; buruli ulcer); streptococcal pathogens; malaria; HIV and Hepatitis C virus; cholera as a representative diarrhoeal disease; chlamydia as a major sexually transmitted disease and a cause of blinding trachoma; polymicrobial infections.

Course info

Credits 20

Level of Study Postgraduate

Mode of Study 2 years part-time
1 other options available

Department Applied Sciences

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2019

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