30 Credits AUTUMN

Aims/Description: This module will provide students with fundamental knowledge of infectious disease and antimicrobial mechanisms. In particular, it will focus on the history of infectious disease, and the infectious mechanisms used by pathogenic organisms, including: virulence strategies; transmission; colonisation; and biofilms. It will consider the host response to microorganisms, including the innate and acquired immune responses, as well as the resident microbiome. The mechanism of action of antibiotics will be discussed, as will common strategies employed by pathogens to circumvent drug treatment. Furthermore this module will develop a student's ability to perform techniques that will establish them as accomplished laboratory practitioners.

Restrictions on availability: EMPTY

Teaching Methods: Lectures, Laboratory work, Independent Study
Assessment: Formal Exam, Course work

Information on the department responsible for this unit (Molecular Biology and Biotechnology):

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Teaching methods and assessment displayed on this page are indicative for 2021-22. Students will be informed by the academic department of any changes made necessary by the ongoing pandemic.

Western Bank, Sheffield, S10 2TN, UK