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Session: 2022/23

Last modified: 14/03/2022 17:02:35

Title of Module: Infection and Immunity

Code: BIOL09034 SCQF Level: 9
(Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework)
Credit Points: 20 ECTS: 10
(European Credit Transfer Scheme)
School:School of Health and Life Sciences
Module Co-ordinator:Roderick  Williams

Summary of Module

In this module, students will be introduced through lectures, virtual and wet practical sessions to microorganisms which pose a threat to human health.

Emphasis will be placed on:

(a) commensals, pathogenic and opportunistic pathogens

(b) Healthcare associated infections

(c) Virulence factors associated with pathogenic microorganisms

(d) Methods used for microbial isolation and dentification

(e) Host immune response to infections from pathogenic microorganisms

(f) the use of chemotherapy, propylaxis and vaccinations for curative and preventive strategies

This module will work to develop a number of the key “I am UWS” Graduate Attributes to make those who complete the module, have Universal skills, that will make them Work Ready and Successful

Module Delivery Method
Face-To-FaceBlendedFully OnlineHybridCHybridOWork-based Learning
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Term used to describe the traditional classroom environment where the students and the lecturer meet synchronously in the same room for the whole provision.

A mode of delivery of a module or a programme that involves online and face-to-face delivery of learning, teaching and assessment activities, student support and feedback. A programme may be considered “blended” if it includes a combination of face-to-face, online and blended modules. If an online programme has any compulsory face-to-face and campus elements it must be described as blended with clearly articulated delivery information to manage student expectations

Fully Online
Instruction that is solely delivered by web-based or internet-based technologies. This term is used to describe the previously used terms distance learning and e learning.

Online with mandatory face-to-face learning on Campus

Online with optional face-to-face learning on Campus

Work-based Learning
Learning activities where the main location for the learning experience is in the workplace.

Campus(es) for Module Delivery
The module will normally be offered on the following campuses / or by Distance/Online Learning: (Provided viable student numbers permit)
Paisley:Ayr:Dumfries:Lanarkshire:London:Distance/Online Learning:Other:




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Term(s) for Module Delivery
(Provided viable student numbers permit).
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Learning Outcomes: (maximum of 5 statements)

On successful completion of this module the student will be able to:

L1. Understand the virulence factors associated with microbial infections.

L2. Critically evaluate ways by which microorganisms can be isolated, identified and treated.

L3. Carry out standard microbiological and cytotoxicity protocols, hands-on and virtually, important for isolation and identification of microorganisms, preventive and curative strategies with emphasis on safely as defined in the local microbiological safety regulations.

L4. Understand the principles of immunology, in particular the immunological response to infection.

L5. Understand immunological response can be used for the identification of microorganisms.

Employability Skills and Personal Development Planning (PDP) Skills
SCQF Headings During completion of this module, there will be an opportunity to achieve core skills in:
Knowledge and Understanding (K and U) SCQF Level 9.

Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of essential facts and principles in respect of medical microbiology including the life cycle of selected pathogens; the infection cycle, demonstrate an awareness of inter-relationships between pathogens and host for the development of preventive and curative strategies

Practice: Applied Knowledge and Understanding SCQF Level 9.

Use a range of standard and specialised practical skills to culture bacteria and undertake cytotoxicity assays in a safe working environment

Generic Cognitive skills SCQF Level 9.

Link together different content strands when writing standard scientific reports and laboratory logbook.

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills SCQF Level 9.

Be able to communicate effectively in writing scientific reports using data analysis and statistics and be able to communicate key findings orally

Autonomy, Accountability and Working with others SCQF Level 9.

Be able to work individually or in teams as appropriate; show initiative in preparation of laboratory reports and demonstrate an ability to manage time to meet specific deadlines.

Pre-requisites: Before undertaking this module the student should have undertaken the following:
Module Code:
Module Title:
Introductory Microbiology
Co-requisitesModule Code:
Module Title:

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

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Learning and Teaching
The mode of delivery will be blended, and its content is divided into two components: Infection and Immunity. Lectures will deliver fundamental information which will assist students to understand key concepts and terminologies relevant to the diversity of infectious microorganism, their infection cycle, host immunological response to infection and strategies for preventive and curative treatment. Due to the nature of the highly specialised subjects of microbiology and immunology, there will be a number of new terminologies to learn and understand its significance. Specific language and terminology which will be addressed during the learning environment. Students will be required to access lecture notes, links to reference sources, tutorials, and other support materials on the VLE.

Practical sessions will be in the microbiological laboratory at the Lanarkshire campus such as the use selective/differential media to isolate microorganisms from mock samples, identify them using a variety of biochemical and serological tests and use cytotoxicity assays for identifying drugs for curative treatments. Virtual labs will be available to develop skills in disease transmission by cross contamination and synthetic epidemic and the development of preventive strategies to stop or delay transmission of infectious disease e.g., vaccination.

A scientific laboratory report will be prepared by students of the virtual and wet laboratory sessions, will provide students with the opportunity to develop skills in data handling, data analysis, the use of statistics for comparative analysis and the ability to use information from research articles, adapt and transfer the knowledge into the new context provided by the practical sessions. All activities in the wet practical sessions should be documented in a logbook. Tutorials will be provided to support development of the skills required to complete the scientific laboratory report.

There will be two online class tests for the infection and immunity components of this module which will provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate theoretical knowledge and critical analytical skill related to the utilisation
Learning Activities
During completion of this module, the learning activities undertaken to achieve the module learning outcomes are stated below:
Student Learning Hours
(Normally totalling 200 hours):
(Note: Learning hours include both contact hours and hours spent on other learning activities)
Lecture/Core Content Delivery24
Laboratory/Practical Demonstration/Workshop16
Tutorial/Synchronous Support Activity8
Independent Study152
200 Hours Total

**Indicative Resources: (eg. Core text, journals, internet access)

The following materials form essential underpinning for the module content and ultimately for the learning outcomes:

Microbiology by Bauman, R.W. (2007) Pearson: Benjamin Cummings Pearson International Edition

Infection and Immunity by Playfair and Bancroft Oxford. 2013

Basic Immunology Abbas and Lichtman, Saunders Elsevier

Additional textbooks are also available at the libraries on the University’s Campuses

Useful website: Public Health Scotland (

(**N.B. Although reading lists should include current publications, students are advised (particularly for material marked with an asterisk*) to wait until the start of session for confirmation of the most up-to-date material)

Engagement Requirements

In line with the Academic Engagement Procedure, Students are defined as academically engaged if they are regularly engaged with timetabled teaching sessions, course-related learning resources including those in the Library and on the relevant learning platform, and complete assessments and submit these on time. Please refer to the Academic Engagement Procedure at the following link: Academic engagement procedure

Where a module has Professional, Statutory or Regulatory Body requirements these will be listed here:
Attendance at synchronous sessions(lectures, workshops, practicals, and tutorials, completion of asynchronous activities, and submission of assessments to meet the learning outcomes of the module.

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Supplemental Information

Programme BoardBiological Sciences and Health
Assessment Results (Pass/Fail) No
Subject PanelBiology L7-11
ModeratorFiona Menzies
External ExaminerD Stobo
Accreditation DetailsThis module is part of the BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science programme; accredited by Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS). Approval awaited for another PSRB. This module is part of the BSc (Hons) Applied Bioscience and BSc (Hons) Applied Bioscience with Forensic Investigation programmes; accredited by Royal Society of Biology (RSB).
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Assessment: (also refer to Assessment Outcomes Grids below)
Two written class tests on the Infection and Immunity components 60%
Practical Logbook (10%) and Lab scientific reports (30%) ongoing throughout the term
(N.B. (i) Assessment Outcomes Grids for the module (one for each component) can be found below which clearly demonstrate how the learning outcomes of the module will be assessed.
(ii) An indicative schedule listing approximate times within the academic calendar when assessment is likely to feature will be provided within the Student Handbook.)

Assessment Outcome Grids (Footnote A.)

Component 1
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Learning Outcome (4) Learning Outcome (5) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
Class test (written)check markcheck markcheck markcheck markcheck mark604

Component 2
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Learning Outcome (4) Learning Outcome (5) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
Laboratory/ Clinical/ Field notebookcheck markcheck markcheck mark  400
Combined Total For All Components100% 4 hours

A. Referred to within Assessment Section above
B. Identified in the Learning Outcome Section above

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  1. More than one assessment method can be used to assess individual learning outcomes.
  2. Schools are responsible for determining student contact hours. Please refer to University Policy on contact hours (extract contained within section 10 of the Module Descriptor guidance note).
    This will normally be variable across Schools, dependent on Programmes &/or Professional requirements.

Equality and Diversity
In line with current legislation (Equality Act, 2010) and the UWS Equality, Diversity, and Human Rights Code, our modules are accessible and inclusive, with reasonable adjustment for different needs where appropriate. Module materials comply with University guidance on inclusive learning and teaching, and specialist assistive equipment, support provision and adjustment to assessment practice will be made in accordance with UWS policy and regulations. Where modules require practical and/or laboratory based learning or assessment required to meet accrediting body requirements the University will make reasonable adjustment such as adjustable height benches or assistance of a ‘buddy’ or helper.
Please refer to the UWS Equality and Diversity Policy at the following link:
UWS Equality and Diversity Policy
(N.B. Every effort will be made by the University to accommodate any equality and diversity issues brought to the attention of the School)

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