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BS372 - Infectious Diseases and Health

  • Module code: BS372
  • Module name: Infectious Diseases and Health
  • Department: School of Life Sciences
  • Credit: 12

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

The main objective of this module is to introduce students to some important aspects of biology that are involved in human diseases. It will also assess the impact that developments in molecular biology have had and will continue to have in specific areas of medical sciences and human health.The module builds on and extends knowledge gained from previous modules (Microbiology, Virology, Immunology, Epidemiology) and demonstrates how it can be used to study and understand the disease process and how such understanding can be exploited to develop strategies for prevention and treatment. Human diseases are placed in a broad context by teaching very much from a global and historical perspective. The module will help students to integrate various aspects of biology taught at different levels and times during their degree and to apply them to these issues.

Principal learning outcomes

Students should gain an overview of the history, pathology and epidemiology of major classes of infectious human diseases with specific examples discussed in detail. In the case of infectious/parasitic diseases, the molecular biology of the pathogen, route of transmission and interaction with the host will also be discussed. Once the nature of the disease has been understood, this knowledge should then be applied to discussions of methods of treatment and prevention. By the end of the module the students are expected to integrate all aspects of the module and have a coherent understanding of the complex interactions between the disease causing agent and the host and to consider the long term effect (on both) of treatment/cure or prevention strategies.

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Other essential notes

Prerequisites: Students should review the epidemiological material presented in the first year Agents of Infectious Disease (BS127) and second year Epidemiology and Public Health (BS262). Both are available on the intranet. This is particularly important for students from outside of the Department of Biological Sciences who will not have been exposed to concepts in population biology.

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
12 CATS (Module code: BS372-12)
B (Examination only) Examination - April 100%
locally Adminstered Exam 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:



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