Programme/Approved Electives for 2021/22
Available as a Free Standing Elective
In this module, you will study the biochemistry of bacteria, viruses and parasites and how specific mechanisms and pathways affect disease. You will be introduced to a range of pathogenic organisms (including SARS-CoV-2), the diseases they cause and strategies used to control them. Topics covered by the module will include: an introduction to epidemiology and managing disease outbreaks; ways in which parasites adapt to changing environments in order to survive; how drugs work to kill a range of pathogens; factors that cause some bacterial strains to be more pathogenic than others; introduction to the biology of viruses; why we can use single vaccines against some viruses and not others; application of selected viruses as research tools. Please note that either LSC-20015 or LSC-20073 is a pre-requisite for taking the module LSC-30036.
Talis Aspire Reading ListAny reading lists will be provided by the start of the course.http://lists.lib.keele.ac.uk/modules/lsc-20073/lists
This module aims to introduce students to a range of pathogens and their associated biochemistry. Students will also learn about scientific writing and write an essay in the style and format of a textbook section.
Intended Learning Outcomes
discuss key biochemical differences between bacteria, viruses and parasites and link these to diagnostic tools and methods of disease control: 1,2locate and analyse information on pathogens and diseases they cause using a range of library-based and online resources: 2communicate effectively using a scientific writing style: 1,21,2discuss ethics and sustainability issues in terms of global health: 1,2describe the adaptations used by a range of pathogens to survive in challenging environments:
12x 1 hour tutorials12x 5 hours engagement with asynchronous content50 hours completion of textbook ICA1 hour formative class test 1 hour open book exam26 hours independent study
1: Open Book Examination weighted 50%
Description of Module Assessment
Online open book examThe paper will be released on KLE as a Word document at 9am on the morning of the exam. The paper will give students a choice of 1 out of 3 essay-based questions that cover material from all three themes of the module. Students should answer each question using Word, clearly labelling each question as they provide their answers. Work will be submitted to Turnitin no later than 5pm on the day of release. International students will be asked to notify the School if they need an extension due to different time zones. Although students have been given significant time to complete this exam script, we expect most students to spend no more than 1 hour. Answers should be as accurate and concise as possible. For essay-based questions, typical answers would be in the range of 500-750 words per question. We recommend that students do not exceed 750 words per essay-based question as we will be assessing the quality of your answer, not the quantity.2: Essay weighted 50%
A textbook sectionStudents will write a 1200-word essay in the style and format of a textbook section on a named pathogen species from a provided list. An in-person session will be held to support work on this assignment.