Microbiology BSc (Hons)

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In spite of their size, the impact of microbes on the planet is so extensive that life as we know it could not exist without them.

In addition, microbes cause many of the known diseases of humans, animals and plants. Knowledge of microbiology will enable you to improve the quality of our lives in relation to the environment, to fight disease, and to combat
pollution. Microbiology plays a key role in genetic engineering and other modern biotechnologies, such as antibiotic production and the exploitation of new sources of food and energy.

Interested in finding out more? Jiuhan shares his experience on the course, below.

 
"I'm very grateful that I had this opportunity to study in Liverpool because I met two professors who gave me so much useful advice on how to study and how to do research. I feel so lucky to make good relationships with these professors in Liverpool."
 
Shi Jiuhan, Microbiology, Alumni.

As XJTLU students will join Year 2 at The University of Liverpool, this PDF provides relevant module information for the following programme(s):

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Programme Year Two

This programme covers a broad range of topics, with in-depth knowledge of both natural processes and human affairs. You will study modules such as Virology, Biotechnology and Advanced Microbiological Techniques.

You will be able to identify individual species and grow them in pure culture, using aseptic techniques so that they can be safely handled and examined by microbiological methods.

Year Two Compulsory Modules

  • Virology (LIFE209)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    This module aims to develop in students:

    The ability to explain the fundamental features and properties of viruses and viral infections;

    Knowledge and understanding of the use and development of molecular biology technologies in virology;

    The capacity to describe problems associated with viruses and their control, and identify positive applications of viruses;

    Knowledge and understanding in virology, and the ability to apply, evaluate and interpret this knowledge to solve problems in virology.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) On successful completion of this module, the students should be able to: Explain basic terms and terminologies used in virology and describe virus particle structure;

    (LO2) Identify different virus infection life cycles in prokaryotes and eukaryotes, describing the role of key viral proteins in viral life cycles;

    (LO3) Describe impact of viruses on public health, explain how viruses may spread between different species and the concept of species-barrier;

    (LO4) Describe the use of diagnostic tools to detect, quantify, and monitor viruses;

    (LO5) Explain the role of immune system in combating viral infections in plants, invertebrates and mammals;

    (LO6) Demonstrate knowledge and critical understanding of the principles of virology, and how this knowledge has been applied to solve problems.

    (S1) Students will also develop independent learning and self-evaluation skills

  • Biotechnology (LIFE210)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    Introduce students to the ways in which biology is utilised for commercial purposes;

    Develop knowledge and understanding of the production of antibiotics, biomass, single cell protein, biopolymers and vaccines;

    Develop knowledge and understanding in biotechnology, and the ability to apply, evaluate and interpret this knowledge to solve problems in biotechnology.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Identify the stages required for commercial production of microbial products;

    (LO2) Discuss the problems inherent in isolation, strain improvement and growth of microorganisms on a large scale;

    (LO3) Explain specific commercial processes via studies of such processes as antibiotic production, large-scale manufacture of enzymes and brewing;

    (LO4) Discuss how understanding of protein structure can lead to the generation of therapeutic   compounds;

    (LO5) Interpret how proteins and antibodies may be engineered and produced on an industrial scale for commercial applications;

    (LO6) Discuss how useful activities of enzymes may be manipulated and exploited;

    (S1) Problem solving/ critical thinking/ creativity analysing facts and situations and applying creative thinking to develop appropriate solutions.

    (S2) Information literacy online, finding, interpreting, evaluating, managing and sharing information

  • Essential Skills for the Life Sciences 2 (LIFE223)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterWhole Session
    Exam:Coursework weighting30:70
    Aims

    Enhance the development of the essential life science skills that students will require to improve their study skills;

    Enable students to analyse and interpret scientific data and communicate results;

    Enhance the employability prospects of students and career awareness.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Use a range of mathematical and numerical skills relevant to all biologists to summarise and interpret real-world data using graphs and tables.

    (LO2) Develop and test hypotheses within the context of experimental design and within a range of biological fields, select appropriate quantitative methods to answer questions;

    (LO3) To develop programming skills relevant for statistical analysis and apply appropriate statistical and other analysis packages to analyse data;

    (LO4) Recognise the moral and ethical issues of scientific investigations and discuss ethical standards and professional codes of conduct. 

    (LRE1) Structure and communicate ideas effectively, both orally and in writing;

    (LRE2) Discuss and appropriately use relevant literature

    (LRE3) Time management

    (S1) Communication, listening and questioning and respecting others by contributing to discussions.

    (S2) Team (group) working respecting others, co-operating, negotiating / persuading, awareness of interdependence with others

    (S3) Independent working and readiness to improve own performance based on feedback/reflective learning.

    (S4) Problem solving/ critical thinking/ creativity analysing facts and situations and applying creative thinking to develop appropriate solutions.

  • Techniques in Cell Biology (LIFE227)
    Level2
    Credit level7.5
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
    Aims

    1. Provide students with practical training in the use of equipment and techniques routinely used in cell biology.

    2. Enhance students acquisition of fundamental research skills; including, information gathering, scientific drawing, report writing and statistical analyses.

    3. Provide students with an understanding of the processes involved in the collection, interpretation and presentation of biological data.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Present, evaluate and interpret qualitative and quantitative data, and record procedures and protocols;

    (LO2) Manage time effectively to plan and execute a series of experiments

    (LO3) Use microscopes and other lab equipment correctly to efficiently andsafely conduct a series of experiments

    (LO4) Analyse data, interpret validity and apply statistical analyses;

    (LO5) Apply the principles of biotechnology, biomedicine and molecular cell biology  to practical experiments. 

    (S1) Problem solving/ critical thinking/ creativity analysing facts and situations and applying creative thinking to develop appropriate solutions.

    (S2) Team (group) working respecting others, co-operating, negotiating / persuading, awareness of interdependence with others

  • Advanced Microbiological Techniques (LIFE228)
    Level2
    Credit level7.5
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To provide students with a practical experience in a number of techniques used in microbiology;

    To develop research skills in microbiology by illustrating key concepts in microbiology;

    To develop knowledge and understanding in microbiology, and ability to apply, evaluate, and interpret this knowledge to solve microbiological problems.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) On successful completion of this module students will be able to:Apply a range of techniques for the identification of microorganisms;

    (LO2) Assay cell components of biotechnology interest;

    (LO3) Produce and modify media for production and maintenance of microorganisms;

    (LO4) Work in a group to present data to an educated audience;

    (LO5) Demonstrate problem-solving skills in practical microbiology.

    (S1) Students will also develop independent learning, team-working and self-evaluation skills.

Year Two Optional Modules

  • From Genes to Proteins (LIFE201)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To provide students with a general understanding of the major molecularmechanisms involved in gene expression and its regulation including both eukaryotic and prokary otic systems, extending from transcription though totranslation and the post-translational modification of proteins.   To provide students with a conceptual appreciation of key scientific approachesused to study these processes.   To raise awareness in students ofpotential applications and develop their appreciation of the fundamental nature, conservation andimportance of these systems.  

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) To explain the processes of transcription and translation and their regulation, the differences between them in prokaryotes and eukaryotes and how these are affected in disease.

    (LO2) To elucidate the post-translational events in eukaryotic cells, and how these produce a final functional protein from a primary translation product.

    (LO3) To evaluate the techniques used to investigate the processes of transcription and translation.

    (S1) Students will also develop independent learning and self-evaluation skills.

    (S2) Problem solving/ critical thinking/ creativity analysing facts and situations and applying creative thinking to develop appropriate solutions.

  • Cell Signalling in Health and Disease (LIFE202)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    This module aims to:

    Provide students with knowledge and understanding of the molecular mechanisms that allow cells to communicate with each other;

    Explain the general principles of these signalling mechanisms and then describe some of these in more detail;

    Illustrate how defects in these signalling processes can result in a variety of diseases;

    Outline the techniques that are used to investigate and define these pathways and to describe how these techniques are used in drug discovery programmes of research;

    Develop in students the ability to apply, evaluate and interpret this knowledge and understanding, to solve problems in molecular cell biology.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) On successful completion of this module, the students should be able to: Describe the fundamental features of a range of common cell signalling mechanisms;

    (LO2) Explain how cell signalling processes may be defective, or modified, in a variety of different diseases;

    (LO3) Demonstrate knowledge of the molecular and biochemical nature and role of the different components of intracellular signalling pathways;

    (LO4) Demonstrate knowledge and critical understanding of the principles of cell signalling, and how this knowledge has been applied to solve problems in biological science.

    (S1) Students will also develop independent learning and self-evaluation skills

  • Molecular and Medical Genetics (LIFE208)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    This module aims to:

    Introduce students with an interest in genetics and molecular biology to the range of biological mechanisms that control the structure and stability of the genetic material;

    Describe how changes in the structure and stability of DNA can impact on health and disease;

    Use examples from both prokaryotes and eukaryotes to develop principles that help explain problems associated with medical/clinical genetics;

    Develop knowledge and understanding in genetics and molecular biology, and ability to apply, evaluate and interpret this knowledge to solve problems.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) On successful completion of this module, the students should be able to: Describe the principles of DNA replication, DNA damage and mutation, DNA repair, DNA recombination, genetic transfer systems and transposition, cell cycle control and cell division, genetic mapping and cytogenetics;

    (LO2) Explain how these processes underpin an understanding of the genetic basis of human health and disease;

    (LO3) Demonstrate that they can solve problems by applying the above knowledge to identify genes underlying disease and the likely causes of DNA mutations;

    (LO4) Demonstrate knowledge and critical understanding of the principles of genetics and molecular biology, and how this knowledge has been applied to solve problems.

    (S1) Improving own learning/performance - Record-keeping

  • The Immune System in Health and Disease (LIFE221)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    This module aims to:

    Develop  students knowledge of the immune system and its role in protection against disease;

    Develop in students an appreciation of the importance of different immune mechanisms in different circumstances, and how these can be evaded;

    Enable students to evaluate and appreciate the consequences of immune system dysfunctions in disease.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Identify the main components of the mammalian immune system

    (LO2) Assess the contribution of innate and adaptive immune mechanisms to host defences

    (LO3) Assess the mechanisms that permit recognition of an infinitely diverse microflora

    (LO4) Discuss the impact of malfunction of immune processes on human health, and explain the bases of autoimmunity and allergy together with the mechanisms by which these can be minimised

    (LO5) Discuss how dysfunction of immune system constituents can cause disease

    (S1) Problem solving skills

    (S2) Organisational skills

  • E-biology: Informatics for Life Sciences (LIFE225)
    Level2
    Credit level7.5
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting99:0
    Aims

    Provide students with a practical appreciation of the nature and significance of digital data;

    Expose students to bioinformatics tools used in the analysis of data from areas such as genome sequencing, gene expression, and protein structure studies;

    Enable students to utilize digital data for understanding higher order phenomena within cells such as metabolism, gene regulation, and protein-protein interaction;

    Develop students’ knowledge and understanding of the subject and the ability to apply, evaluate, and interpret this knowledge to solve problems in biotechnology, biomedicine, and molecular cell biology.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Apply informatics tools in the discovery, evaluation, and acquisition of biological data;

    (LO2) Analyse and evaluate datasets of broad biological relevance, using tasks and workflows that will prepare them for third-year projects;

    (LO3) Use local and web-based tools for data analysis, management and collaborative working; 

    (LO4) Design research methods in bioinformatics to solve biological problems.

    (S1) Digital scholarship participating in emerging academic, professional, and research practices that depend on digital systems;

    (S2) Information technology (application of) adopting, adapting and using digital devices, applications, and services;

    (S3) Problem solving, critical thinking, creativity; analysing facts and situations and applying creative thinking to develop appropriate solutions.

  • Advanced Genetics Techniques (LIFE226)
    Level2
    Credit level7.5
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
    Aims

    Provide students with a practical training that will help them to carry out projects in genetics;

    Train students in the production and characterisation of specific deletion mutants, mutagen screening, cytogenetics and karyotype analysis, population studies, molecular analysis of genomes and bioinformatics;

    Develop knowledge and understanding in genetics and the ability to apply, evaluate, and interpret this knowledge to solve problems.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Present, critically evaluate, and interpret qualitative and quantitative data, and record procedures and protocols;

    (LO2) Work individually and as part of a team, manage time effectively, and use laboratory equipment correctly and safely to generate data;

    (LO3) Plan and execute a series of experiments to produce and characterise deletion mutants, screen mutagens, analyse karotypes, carry out population studies and molecular analysis of genomes, and interrogate bioinformatic databases;

    (LO4) Analyse data, interpret validity and apply statistical analyses.

    (S1) Students will also develop independent learning, teamworking and self-evaluation skills

    (S2) Team (group) working respecting others, co-operating, negotiating / persuading, awareness of interdependence with others

  • Practical Skills in Tropical Medicine (LIFE236)
    Level2
    Credit level7.5
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting70:30
    Aims

    Enhance knowledge and understanding of the biology and control of parasites of medical importance and their vectors;

    Describe the diagnosis and pathology of parasitic infections;

    Interactions between the environment, humans, mosquitoes, and their parasites;

    Techniques for the control of vectors, including susceptibility to insecticides;

    Enhance data handling skills and interpretation of experiments;

    Develop knowledge and understanding in tropical disease biology, and ability to apply, evaluate, and interpret this knowledge to solve problems.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Detect the presence or absence of parasites in blood and faeces and discuss the advantages and disadvantages of the methods used;

    (LO2) Discuss interaction between mosquitoes, their hosts and the environment through a range of experimental approaches;

    (LO3) Assess the susceptibility to insecticides in larval and adult mosquitoes and discuss relevance to the monitoring of control campaigns;

    (LO4) Evaluate the techniques used for understanding the biology and control of selected parasites and their vectors;

    (LO5)  Record and critically assess data generated by experiments in an accurate and timely manner.

    (LO6) Describe the main immunological techniques for indirectly diagnosing parasite infection

    (S1) Students will also develop independent learning, team-working and self-evaluation skills

  • Molecular Science (LIFE237)
    Level2
    Credit level7.5
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting40:60
    Aims

    Provide students w ith practical experience in a number of techniques used in molecular biology; Equip student to perform analysis of DNA fragments by agarose gel electrophoresis; Introduce students to PCR based-assays for gene cloning and d emonstrate methods used for cloning, and analysing genes Develop in  students knowledge and understanding in biomedicine, biotechnology and molecular cell biology, and the ability to apply, evaluate and interpret this knowledge to solve biomolecular problems.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Present , evaluate critcally and interpret qualitative and quantitative molecular biology data;

    (LO2) Plan and execute a series of molecular biology experiments to demonstrate practical skills in molecular biology;

    (LO3) Analyse and interpret the validity of experimental data;

    (LO4) Summarise scientific investigations

    (S1) Problem solving/ critical thinking/ creativity analysing facts and situations and applying creative thinking to develop appropriate solutions.

    (S2) Improve time management to successfully complete experiments

  • E-biology: Informatics for Life Sciences (s2) (LIFE242)
    Level2
    Credit level7.5
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting99:0
    Aims

    Provide students with a practical appreciation of the nature and significance of digital data;

    Expose students to bioinformatics tools used in the analysis of data from areas such as genome sequencing, gene expression, and protein structure studies;

    Enable students to utilize digital data for understanding higher order phenomena within cells such as metabolism, gene regulation, and protein-protein interaction;

    Develop students’ knowledge and understanding of the subject and the ability to apply, evaluate and interpret this knowledge to solve problems in biotechnology, biomedicine, and molecular cell biology.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Apply informatics tools in the discovery, evaluation and acquisition of biological data.;

    (LO2) Analyse and evaluate datasets of broad biological relevance, using tasks and workflows that will prepare them for third-year projects.;

    (LO3) Use local and web-based tools for data analysis, management and collaborative working;

    (LO4) Design research methods in bioinformatics to solve biological problems.

    (S1) Digital scholarship participating in emerging academic, professional and research practices that depend on digital systems;

    (S2) Information technology (application of) adopting, adapting and using digital devices, applications, and services;

    (S3) Problem solving, critical thinking, creativity; analysing facts and situations and applying creative thinking to develop appropriate solutions.

Programme Year Three

XJTLU Summary Year 3 Project work will include the use of specialised research equipment alongside microbiologists working in the Institute of Infection, Veterinary and Ecological Sciences, the Institute of Systems, Molecular and Integrative Biology and the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine.

Year Three Compulsory Modules

  • Bacterial Disease Mechanisms (LIFE318)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
    Aims

    To explain to students the common themes and diversity of mechanisms used by bacteria to cause disease.   To develop in students an understanding of virulence strategies used to achieve infection, including subversion of host immunity, expression of bacterial toxins motility and intracellular survival   To develop in students an understanding of mechanisms of genetic control, its temporal nature and the contribution of specific virulence determinants to the infection process

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) To assess the current knowledge of the innate immune barriers to bacterial infection

    (LO2) To contrast the bacterial pathogenesis strategies of diverse bacterial pathogens

    (LO3) To appraise the ethical aspects of animal experimentation and the scientific considerations for the design of in vivo models of infection

    (LO4) To summarise the molecular mode of action of key virulence determinants within a pathogen’s armoury

    (LO5) To evaluate the environmental, metabolic and temporal regulation of virulence genes and regulons and the mobilisation of virulence loci

    (S1) Communication skills

    (S2) Lifelong learning skills

  • Viral Disease Mechanisms (LIFE320)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
    Aims

    This module aims to:

    1. Highlight the role of viruses as important pathogens of humans and animals
    2. Explain in detail viral virulence mechanisms, the way viruses evade the immune system and modern approaches to vaccine development;
    3. Develop students knowledge and understanding in microbiology and to develope their ability to apply, evaluate critically and interpret this knowledge to solve complex problems in microbiology.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) On successful completion of this module, the students will be able to: Explain the mechanisms of replication and pathogenesis of different virus families and evaluate modern approaches to investigating virus pathogenesis and their control by immune processes, preventative measure sand treatments

    (LO2) Critically discuss current hypotheses on the evolution of viral virulence, the contribution of virus infection to diseases in both humans and animals and current theories on the importance of globalization and climate change in the emergence and re-emergence of virus disease

    (LO3) Synthesise information, critically review evidence to support conclusions, and define complex problems by applying appropriate knowledge and skills.

    (S1) Information skills - Information accessing:[Locating relevant information] [Identifying and evaluating information sources]

    (S2) Information skills - Critical reading

  • Advanced Skills in Microbiology (LIFE325)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    This module aims to develop transferable skills in critical thinking, interpretation of data and science communication in the context of Microbiology.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) To analyse real-world data and present the results clearly and concisely in a poster.

    (LO2) To access and critically evaluate scientific literature in the area of Microbiology.

    (LO3) To communicate, in writing, scientific facts and data to both expert and lay audiences.

    (LO4) To synthesise information on current technologies and topical issues within Microbiology.

    (S1) Scientific Communication

    (S2) Group Working

    (S3) Digital Fluency

    (S4) Critical Thinking

  • Microbiomes - Microbial Diversity and Host Interactions (LIFE343)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting70:30
    Aims

    To provide a theoretical and practical knowledge to understand and engage with microbiome research.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Understand the theory and methodology of microbiome research
    - through lectures and participation in practical workshops

    (LO2) Be able to critically assess the microbiome research and papers
    - Paper workshops

    (S1) Generating NGS data for microbiome research

    (S2) Bioinformatics of NGS microbiome data

    (S3) Critical thinking

    (S4) Scientific communication

  • Research Project (LIFE363)
    Level3
    Credit level30
    SemesterWhole Session
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To provide students with an insight into and experience of the process of scientific research and debate;

    To develop in students the confidence to work independently and with others, to effectively and efficiently achieve a scientific aim;

    To further develop students' ability to communicate scientific concepts and findings in a variety of formats.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) To plan and execute a piece of scientific research, in a responsible, safe and ethical manner

    (LO2) To analyse and critically evaluate data, information, literature and observations, and draw valid conclusions

    (LO3) To appropriately communicate findings, in a variety of formats (oral, written reports) to supervisor, research staff and peers

    (LO4) To maintain a clear and accurate record of work and progress

    (LO5) To critically evaluate and report upon relevant scientific literature

    (LO6) To evaluate own performance and working standards by reflection, and place work in a wider scientific context

    (S1) Problem solving skills

    (S2) Numeracy

    (S3) Organisational skills

    (S4) Communication skills

    (S5) IT skills

    (S6) Lifelong learning skills

    (S7) Ethical awareness

Year Three Optional Modules

  • Advanced Biotechnology (LIFE327)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
    Aims

    To describe current approaches to exploit microorganisms and microbial processes in the context of modern developments in biotechnology;

    To evaluate economic and ethical aspects of the development of novel products and the potential environmental benefits of using biotechnological processes;

    To explain biotechnological processes, such as antibiotic production, plant biomass conversion and microbial informatics biofuels;

    To develop in students the ability to critically evaluate and interpret this knowledge and understanding, and to apply this to solve complex problems in microbial biotechnology.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) To describe in detail particular biotechnological applications with emphasis on the underlying scientific principles

    (LO2) To critically discuss approaches to strain improvement and manipulation, including the impact of recombinant DNA technology on the biotechnology industry

    (LO3) To appraise the emerging importance of genomics, with reference to the development of new therapeutics, diagnostics and vaccines

    (LO4) To explain how microorganisms and their enzymes can compete with chemical processes for environmental and renewable energy applications

    (S1) Problem solving skills

    (S2) Communication skills

  • Topics in Global Health (LIFE340)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
    Aims

    To enhance students' awareness of the global distribution of disease and the associated implications and inequalities;

    To enhance students' awareness of the global impact of poverty and the negative and positive impacts of human activity in the spread of disease;

    To develop students' knowledge and deep understanding in the tropical disease biology and their ability to apply, critically evaluate and interpret this knowledge to solve complex problems.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) To critically review the distribution of disease and discuss major implications for global health

    (LO2) To evaluate major reasons for the spread of disease and discuss approaches to control

    (LO3) To evaluate the roles of national, international and multinational agencies in the health arena

    (S1) Communication skills

    (S2) Ethical awareness

    (S3) International awareness

  • Genome Biology and Technology (LIFE342)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
    Aims

    To enable students to perform an analysis of genome structure and function;

    To familiarize student with the arguments and the evidence supporting the molecular and evolutionary processes that shape eukaryotic and prokaryotic genomes;

    To develop in students an understanding of how comparative genomics can provide insights into evolutionary processes as well as biological function of genes;

    To develop in students and understanding of how modern genomic methods can be used to solve biological problems;

    To raise students' awareness of the limitations of modern genomic methods.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) To assess eukaryotic and prokaryotic genome structure and function

    (LO2) To evaluate both the molecular and evolutionary processes that have shaped genomes in a range of eukaryotic and prokaryotic organisms

    (LO3) To evaluate modern genomic methods, their limitations and how they can be used to solve biological problems

    (LO4) To analyse data derived using modern genomic methods

    (S1) Teamwork

    (S2) Problem solving skills

    (S3) Communication skills

  • Parasitology (LIFE361)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting70:30
    Aims

    To provide students with knowledge of the major features of the structure and life histories of a range of protozoan and helminth parasites of humans;

    To develop in students current understanding of the causes of major clinical symptoms and pathology attributable to these parasites, and of the major approaches to their prevention and control;

    To provide students with knowledge and deep understanding in parasitology, and the ability to apply, critically evaluate, and interpret this knowledge to solve complex problems.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) To critically discuss modern molecular methods for examining parasitic diseases;

    (LO2) To evaluate the modern research literature in the area of parasitology with critical insight;

    (LO3) To critically discuss how topical problems in parasitology are currently being addressed, and future developments in this area;

    (LO4) To synthesise information, critically review evidence to support conclusions, and define complex problems by applying appropriate knowledge and skills.

    (S1) Communication skills;

    (S2) Problem solving skills.