Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Microbiology and Immunology

LEVEL 01 - Year 1 in Modular Undergraduate Course



DESCRIPTION This study-unit provides an introduction to the study of microbiology and immunology of relevance to dental practice. Microbiology topics include general bacterial morphology and taxonomy, lectures on specific common bacteria, infection control and virology. Immunology covers basic concepts of immunology, autoimmunity and immune deficiency. There is particular emphasis on oral infections and immune mediated diseases.

Study-unit Aims:

The aims of the study-unit are:
1. To provide basic knowledge of microbiology as a foundation for understanding the natural history of oral infections;
2. To provide basic knowledge on the function of the immune system and its role in preventing and controlling oral inflammatory conditions;
3. To outline the role of the laboratory in the diagnosis and management of microbiological disease;
4. To explain the principles of disease prevention both in the community and in the hospital setting.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
1. Discuss bacterial and viral classification;
2. Describe bacterial and viral morphology and growth;
3. Discuss the modes of transmission of infectious disease;
4. Discuss microbial pathogenicity;
5. Outline the basic concepts of infection control;
6. Name the aetiological agents of oral infectious diseases and their infectivity;
7. Discuss the prevention and management of serious oral infection;
8. Discuss immune responses in healthy and immunosuppressed patients.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
1. Classify the important oral pathogenic micro-organisms;
2. Identify risk factors for infectious disease;
3. Identify correct methods of sample selection & collection for reaching a diagnosis;
4. Recognise common oral infectious and inflammatory conditions;
5. Recognise manifestations of systemic inflammatory conditions in the head & neck;
6. Indicate the vaccination schedule used locally;
7. Describe the methods used for disinfection and sterilization and universal safety precautions;
8. Describe the management of oral disease in immunosuppressed patients.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Reading List:
1. Lecture Notes: Medical Microbiology and Infection, Tom Elliott et al, 5th Edition, ISBN-10: 1444334354, ISBN-13: 978-1444334654, Blackwell, 2011.
2. Notes on Medical Microbiology (Paperback), C McCartney, B Thakker, KN Ward, 2nd Edition, ISBN-10: 0443102848, ISBN-13: 978-0443102844, Churchill Livingstone, 2008.
3. Muir's Textbook of Pathology, Edited by DA Levison, R Reid, AD Burt, DJ Harrison and S Fleming. 14th Edition ISBN 9780340740620, Hodder Arnold, 2008. (Chapters 2 & 19)

Reference textbook:
Robbins Basic Pathology, V Kumar, A K Abbas, J Aster, 9th Edition, ISBN-10: 1437717810 ISBN-13: 978-1437717815, Saunders, 2012.

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture and Independent Study

Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Multiple Choice Questions Examination (2 Hours) SEM2 Yes 100%


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