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BS972 - Chemotherapy of Infectious Diseases

  • Module code: BS972
  • Module name: Chemotherapy of Infectious Diseases
  • Department: School of Life Sciences
  • Credit: 10

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

This module is designed to equip students with the necessary knowledge and skills base to undertake the appraisal, industrial application and exploitation of an idea in infectious disease chemotherapy. It is an elective module for the MSc in Biotechnology, Bioprocessing and Business Management which when combined with other electives in the biopharmaceutical area will provide a new industrial focus for students pursuing this Masters programme. The context of this module is that it sits within a programme that seeks to explain the increasing importance of integrating knowledge transfer, key regulatory and ethical issues, protection of ideas generation and funding to commercialisation.

Principal learning outcomes

Subject knowledge and understanding: By the end of the module the student should have a broad knowledge and understanding of the fundamental principles of biotechnology underlying the chemotherapy of infectious disease involving viruses, bacteria and multicellular parasites. Recognise and analyse the problems associated with the development, manufacture and use of chemotherapeutic agents as applied to viruses, bacteria and multicellular parasites. Recognise the underlying principles associated with the use of therapeutic agents in infectious disease. The role of a multi-disciplinary approach to solving chemotherapeutic problems. Have a thorough understanding of the importance of microbial and viral metabolism and structural properties in the development of chemotherapeutic processes. Be aware of the issues involved in the global exploitation of chemotherapeutic agents. Recognise the importance of education, multidisciplinary interaction and research for the future development of chemotherapeutic agents. Demonstrate an understanding of ethical issues pertinent to chemotherapeutic agents.

Timetabled teaching activities

Lectures per week 10 x 1 hour; Workshop per week 4 hours; Tutorials per week 4 hour; Seminar sessions 2 hour.

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
10 CATS (Module code: BS972-10)
A2 (Assessed work only) Assessed Course Work 20%
Assessed Course Work 20%
Assessed Course Work 60%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:



Optional Core


  • Postgraduate Medical Biotechnology and Business Management (J7N2) - Year 1