Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Applied Microbiology

LEVEL 04 - Years 4, 5 in Modular UG or PG Cert Course


DEPARTMENT Applied Biomedical Science

DESCRIPTION The aim of this study-uni t is to provide an in‐depth study of certain specialised topics within the vast field of Medical Microbiology and Virology. The student is expected to read and research further the topics presented in seminars, and to gather data for their case studies.


• Viral gastroenteritis
• Retroviruses
• Viral respiratory pathogens
• Herpes viruses

Clinical Microbiology
• Urinary tract infection: pathology, aetiology, pathogenesis, laboratory diagnosis
• Bacterial meningitis: pathology, aetiology, pathogenesis, laboratory diagnosis
• Infection control

Public Health Microbiology
• Food poisoning
• Mycology

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the study unit, the student should be able to;
• Critically evaluate research findings;
• Classify microorganisms phylogenetically;
• Display an overview of fluorescence based methods for the detection of microorganisms in complex systems and their viability and metabolism;
• Reflect about the qualitative and quantitative methods for the detection of the presence of microorganisms, including viruses, in human samples; and
• Describe and summarize a case study related to the subject.

Reading List:

• Fleming DO & Hunt DL. Biological Safety: Principles and Practices. (4th Edition). 2006. American Society for Microbiology. ISBN: 9781555813390
• Ford M. Medical Microbiology (2nd Edition). 2014. Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780199655137
• Greenwood D, Barer M, Slack R, Irving W. Medical Microbiology: A guide to microbial infections. (18th Edition). 2012. Churchill Livingstone. ISBN 9780702040894
• Murray PR & Rosenthal KS. Medical Microbiology. (8th Edition). 2015. Elsevier. ISBN: 9780323299565
• Versalovic J, Carroll KC, Funke G et al. (10th Edition). 2011. American Society for Microbiology. ISBN: 9781555814632
• Wilkinson M. Medical Microbiology. (1st Edition). 2011. Scion Publishing Ltd. ISBN: 9781904842613

Web Resources

• Basic Laboratory Procedures in Clinical Bacteriology
• Basic Concepts in Infection Control

Further Reading

• Topley WWC. Topley and Wilson's Microbiology and Microbial Infections, 8 Volume Set (10th Edition), 2007. John Wiley & Sons Inc. ISBN 0470686386


Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment SEM1 Yes 100%


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