Studying online

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Unit Overview


Students must enrol concurrently in parts 1 and 2 of this unit. The unit deals with key areas of modern microbiology at an advanced level and includes bacterial physiology and genetics, virology and immunology. In bacterial physiology and genetics, students study bacterial growth and replication, cell envelope structure and function, and the ways in which bacteria transfer and modify their genetic material. In immunology, students study the cells and molecules associated with immune recognition, together with their role in cellular and humoral immune responses as well as in inflammation. In virology, students study viral families and the diseases they cause, viral replication, structure and diversity, and are introduced to viral pathogenesis.

12 points

Students gain an understanding of the structure, physiology, genetics and classification of bacteria and viruses, together with the principles of innate and adaptive immunity. Laboratory work complements the lecture material and students develop a variety of skills as they explore bacterial cell structure, prokaryotic cell biology and genetics; cellular and humoral immunity; assays of virus infectivity and detection. Students learn how to evaluate experimental data, prepare a correctly structured scientific report as well as develop appropriate computing skills. As practical classes are conducted in small groups, students learn to achieve outcomes through teamwork. Students, therefore, enjoy a broad experience of microbiology at an advanced level suitable for further studies and for employment.


This comprises a final examination (50 per cent), laboratories, practicals and/or assignments (50 per cent).

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Thomas Riley
Unit rules
see the unit coordinator
Contact hours
lectures: 3 hours per week
labs: 8 hours per week
Enrolled students can access unit material via the LMS (Learning Management System).

Roitt, I. et al. Immunology, 6th edn: Mosby 2001

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