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Molecular Clinical Microbiology


Credits: 15.0
Semester: SEM1

  • Semester 1: Thursday 11 am - 1 pm
    IT Class
  • Semester 1: Weeks 3, 9: Tuesday 2 pm - 5 pm
  • Semester 1: Weeks 5, 11: Tuesday 2 pm - 3 pm

Contact: Prof Lucinda Hall
Overlap: None
Prerequisite: "BMD117 (SBC211), BMD231 (SBC205)"

This module is only available to those students who enter under the B990 programme. The Molecular Clinical Microbiology module will deliver microbiology from a molecular perspective and describe its use in clinical microbiology. The module will develop the theme of basic microbiology and clinical microbiology taught in the level 4 module (the basic microbiology module) and the level 5 module (the clinical microbiology module). It will include the background and techniques to gene expression and regulation, genetic transfer, the synthesis of macromolecules, sub-cellular organization, cell to cell communication, molecular aspects of pathogenicity and virulence and the relationship of these to clinical microbiology. Microbial diversity will be taught at the species level by comparing of 16S RNA sequences and at the subspecies level by MLST. VNTR and SNPS will be taught to index diversity of genetically monomorphic bacteria. Real-time PCR will be taught for laboratory identification of microbial diversity. Bioinformatics will be used to catalogue diversity and genomics used to interpret diversity.

Connected course(s): UDF DATA
Assessment: 75.0% Examination, 25.0% Coursework
Level: 6

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