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Advanced Clinical Microbiology and Laboratory Management (ICM7038)

Module convener:         

Michele Branscombe, m.branscombe@qmul.ac.uk  

Other Key Staff:           

Consultant Staff from Barts and the London and PHE

This module extends the knowledge acquired in all the other modules of this degree to create an in depth knowledge of infectious disease.
Students also are equipped with knowledge essential to the efficient management of a diagnostic laboratory.

The module aims to provide:

  • A deeper understanding of infectious diseases in humans.
  • A knowledge of quality control diagnostic laboratory management.
  • A knowledge of methods of evaluation of new methods for use in the diagnostic laboratory
  • A knowledge of the role of new technologies e.g. molecular and automation in the diagnostic laboratory.
  • An understanding of legislation relevant to diagnostic laboratories
  • An understanding of the role of the diagnostic laboratory within the NHS and with external agencies such as the PHE and WHO.

At the end of this module students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a deeper understanding of infectious diseases in humans.
  • Explain the concepts of quality control in the diagnostic laboratory and be able to develop suitable quality control methods.
  • Evaluate new methods for use in the diagnostic laboratory and write SOPs
  • Demonstrate a knowledge of the role of new technologies e.g. molecular and automation in the diagnostic laboratory.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of legislation relevant to diagnostic laboratories
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the role of the diagnostic laboratory within the NHS and with external agencies such as the PHE and WHO and be able to complete notification forms for these agencies.

Students are expected to develop a strong basic background from text books but this must be supplemented by research in current scientific literature.

Suggested background texts and journals include:
any recommended in other modules for this course.

Midyear examination

This is a mid- module exam paper .The paper will consist of 3 questions of equal value. The student will answer 1 question. The questions will be in the style of an extended essay
Type of assessment: Coursework
Duration: 60 minutes
Percentage weighting in module: 15%
Pass mark: 50%
Qualifying mark. 40%

Development of a COSSH assessment and SMI for a new test

This is a written exercise. You will be given details of a new test which is to be introduced to the laboratory and departmental COSSH and SOP templates. You will be required to research the elements of the test and complete the COSSH and SOP forms.
You are given the information at least 4 weeks before the submission date.
Type of assessment: Coursework
Duration: Completion of templates
Percentage weighting in module: 10%

End of Module Paper

This is a final exam paper taken during the formal exam period in June or July The paper will consist of at least 6 questions of equal value. The student will answer 4 questions. The questions will be in the style of extended essays requiring the ability to discuss and evaluate as well as factual content.
Type of assessment: Formal examination
Duration: 3 hours
Percentage weighting in module: 75%

Viva

This is an oral examination taken at the end of all your taught modules. You will be examined by a pair of examiners, one will be an internal examiner (usually a module convener or a member of staff who has involvement of the course e.g. a clinician from the Barts and the London NHS Trust) and an external examiner. Most pairs of examiners are arranged so that one is a clinician and one is a scientist. You will be examined about your knowledge across the entire clinical microbiology curriculum.
This assessment does not carry any marks but is used by the examiners to assess the depth of your knowledge and may be used at exam board level if you are a borderline candidate.

 

 

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