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Clinical Microbiology: Pathogens and Commensals (ICM7031)

Module Convenor:

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

Other Key Staff:              

Dr Mathias Dittmar, m.t.dittmar@qmul.ac.uk

Mr James Winch

This module introduces the clinically important bacteria, viruses, parasites and fungi.
The lectures focus on recent developments in classification, pathogenicity and identification of these organisms.
The lectures are studied in conjunction with the practical sessions of the core diagnostic microbiology and laboratory methods module to develop a complete understanding of the organism, mechanisms of pathogenicity and laboratory diagnosis of clinically important micro-organisms.

This module offers the student:

  • A thorough knowledge and understanding of the major bacteria which can cause disease in humans. This knowledge is to include an understanding of mechanisms of pathogenesis and identification.
  • A thorough knowledge and understanding of the major fungi which can cause disease in humans. This knowledge is to include an understanding of life cycles, mechanisms of pathogenesis and identification.
  • A thorough knowledge and understanding of the major parasites which can cause disease in humans. This knowledge is to include an understanding of life cycles, mechanisms of pathogenesis and identification.
  • A thorough knowledge and understanding of the major viruses which can cause disease in humans. This knowledge is to include an understanding of mechanisms of pathogenesis and identification.
  • A knowledge of microbial agents of tropical disease.
  • A knowledge of new and emerging pathogens.

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

  • Demonstrate a thorough knowledge and understanding of the major bacteria which can cause disease in humans. This knowledge is to include an understanding of mechanisms of pathogenesis and identification.
  • Demonstrate a thorough knowledge and understanding of the major fungi which can cause disease in humans. This knowledge is to include an understanding of life cycles, mechanisms of pathogenesis and identification.
  • Demonstrate a thorough knowledge and understanding of the major parasites which can cause disease in humans. This knowledge is to include an understanding of life cycles, mechanisms of pathogenesis and identification.
  • Demonstrate a thorough knowledge and understanding of the major viruses which can cause disease in humans. This knowledge is to include an understanding of mechanisms of pathogenesis and identification.
  • Demonstrate an understanding global distribution of organisms and the significance of this distribution in disease in the population in the UK, in travellers and in the global population.

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 include:
Murray et al: Manual of clinical microbiology
or
de la Maza et al: Colour Atlas of clinical microbiology.
or
Bailey and Scotts Diagnostic microbiology

Campbell et al: Identification of pathogenic fungi
or
Larone: Medically important fungi: a guide to identification

Garcia: Practical guide to diagnostic parasitology
or
Zeibig: Clinical parasitology: A practical approach

Kudesia and Wreghitt: Clinical diagnostic virology.
or
Specter et al: Clinical virology manual

Suggested journals include:
Journal of clinical virology
Virology
Trends in parasitology

Suggested websites include:
http://www.mycology.adelaide.edu.au/

Mycology essay

This is a 3000-3500 word essay.
Type of assessment: Coursework
Percentage weighting in module: 25%

End of Module Paper

Type of assessment: Formal examination
Duration: 90 minutes
Percentage weighting in module: 75%

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