Modiwl MSE-2019:
Medical Microbiology

Ffeithiau’r Modiwl

Rhedir gan School of Medical Sciences

10 Credyd neu 5 Credyd ECTS

Semester 2

Trefnydd: Mr Merf Williams

Amcanion cyffredinol

The aim of this module is to develop an understanding of the role of the Medical Microbiology laboratory in investigating and identifying medically important bacteria and parasites. Students will be introduced to the theoretical principles of various major bacterial and parasitic groups and the practical application of a range of microbiological procedures used in the laboratory diagnosis of human bacterial infections. The use of case studies will enable the students to use the theoretical information gained to understand the pathological changes that occur in clinical infections caused by some of the bacteria and parasites studied in this module and provide the necessary prerequisite knowledge to study Year 3 Microbiology and Human Disease.

Cynnwys cwrs

The study of some major groups of bacteria and parasites of importance in human infection. Understanding of the key concepts used in investigating and diagnosing infections in the Medical Microbiology laboratory. The major groups of bacteria that will be studied will include the Gram positive Staphylococcal and Streptococcal species; the Gram negative coliforms and non-coliform species; anaerobic Clostridium species; aerobic spore forming species of the Bacillus group including Bacillus anthracis; Mycobacterium tuberculosis; Medically important parasites; Infection prevention control in the community and health care setting will also be discussed. A practical session will encompass the use of various methodologies utilised to identify bacterial cultures, including commercially available kits.

Meini Prawf


Category A (70%-100%):

An excellent student should be able to demonstrate the skills necessary for self-managed and lifelong learning (working independently, time management and organisation) and have a detailed in depth knowledge of all aspects of the module. Written answers should have an extremely high standard of presentation, structure and clarity with a very well argued coverage of accurate and relevant information.

Evidence of wider reading & critical thinking is required for A+ and A* marks.


Category B (60%-69%):

A good student should have a thorough factual knowledge across all aspects of the module, and be able to detail examples where appropriate. Written answers should demonstrate an ability to critically synthesise lecture material. Evidence of background reading is limited.

C- i C+

Category C (50%-59%):

A less engaged student would have a correct understanding of the essential facts and key concepts in Medical Microbiology presented in this module. Written answers should demonstrate an ability to organise relevant lecture material into a coherent argument. Answers may lack explanation and context. No evidence of wider reading.


Category D (40%-49%):

A threshold student should have a basic knowledge of the essential facts and key concepts in Medical Microbiology presented in this module. Written answers should demonstrate an ability to organise relevant lecture material into a coherent argument. Answers may lack detail and may reveal knowledge gaps.

Canlyniad dysgu

  1. Conduct Medical Microbiology practical work and process, document and interpret the data obtained.

  2. Explain the principles of Quality Assurance and good laboratory practice.

  3. Describe the principles of some of the most frequently used Medical Microbiology laboratory tests and their diagnostic significance.

  4. Demonstrate knowledge of the development, diagnosis and treatment of various diseases studied in this module.

  5. Demonstrate an understanding of the role of Medical Microbiology in the day to day operation of a Pathology laboratory.

Dulliau asesu

Math Enw Disgrifiad Pwysau

A formative MCQ test based on the first 5 weeks of work, to enable the student to assess their understanding of concepts and identification of bacteria.


2000 word report based on the identification of 4 unknown bacterial isolates with a discussion as to their role in human health and disease.

ARHOLIAD End of module exam

MCQ exam consisting of 50 questions based on the whole semesters work.


Strategaeth addysgu a dysgu


Revision before final exam including a Q & A session.


8 x 2hr weekly lecture sessions.

Private study

Preparing before lectures, reading around the topic, (text books/journals/directed reading), revision and coursework including Logbook for the practical.

Practical classes and workshops

The first 2 to 3 hours of practical time is utilised to demonstrate the techniques used to identify organisms in the laboratory where students can practice before the 3 hr assessed practical which normally runs the same day to presumptively identify four given cultured bacterial species and record results in tabular form.


Sgiliau Trosglwyddadwy

  • Llythrennedd - Medrusrwydd mewn darllen ac ysgrifennu drwy amrywiaeth o gyfryngau
  • Rhifedd - Medrusrwydd wrth ddefnyddio rhifau ar lefelau priodol o gywirdeb
  • Defnyddio cyfrifiaduron - Medrusrwydd wrth ddefnyddio ystod o feddalwedd cyfrifiadurol
  • Hunanreolaeth - Gallu gweithio mewn ffordd effeithlon, prydlon a threfnus. Gallu edrych ar ganlyniadau tasgau a digwyddiadau, a barnu lefelau o ansawdd a phwysigrwydd
  • Archwilio - Gallu ymchwilio ac ystyried dewisiadau eraill
  • Adalw gwybodaeth - Gallu mynd at wahanol ac amrywiol ffynonellau gwybodaeth
  • Sgiliau Rhyngbersonol - Gallu gofyn cwestiynau, gwrando'n astud ar atebion a'u harchwilio
  • Dadansoddi Beirniadol & Datrys Problem - Gallu dadelfennu a dadansoddi problemau neu sefyllfaoedd cymhleth. Gallu canfod atebion i broblemau drwy ddadansoddiadau ac archwilio posibiliadau
  • Ymwybyddiaeth o ddiogelwch - Bod yn ymwybodol o'ch amgylchedd a hyder o ran cadw at reoliadau iechyd a diogelwch
  • Cyflwyniad - Gallu cyflwyno gwybodaeth ac esboniadau yn glir i gynulleidfa. Trwy gyfryngau ysgrifenedig neu ar lafar yn glir a hyderus.
  • Gwaith Tîm - Gallu cydweithio'n adeiladol ag eraill ar dasg gyffredin, ac/neu fod yn rhan o dîm gweithio o ddydd i ddydd
  • Dadl - Gallu cyflwyno, trafod a chyfiawnhau barn neu lwybr gweithredu, naill ai gydag unigolyn neu mewn grwˆp ehangach
  • Hunanymwybyddiaeth & Ystyried - Bod yn ymwybodol o'ch cryfderau, gwendidau, nodau ac amcanion eich hun. Gallu adolygu ,cloriannu a myfyrio'n rheolaidd ar eich perfformiad eich hun ac eraill.

Sgiliau pwnc penodol

The programme aims to give students a comprehension of scientific investigation of Medical Microbiology. (benchmarks: 5.1; 5.3; 5.5)

On successful completion of the course, students will be able to engage with essential facts, major concepts, principles and theories associated with medical microbiology, and understand the biological mechanisms underlying human pathological conditions and the basis of the analytical techniques used to diagnose and monitor these conditions. (benchmark: 6.4)

Be able to undertake practical investigations in a responsible, safe and ethical manner while paying attention to risk assessment, relevant health and safety regulations, ethical issues, procedures for obtaining ethical permission and informed consent and issues relating to patient welfare. (benchmark: 4.3)

Graduates will be able to apply their knowledge to a professional, evidence-based approach to research into the pathogenesis and origins of disease processes. (benchmark: 6.2)

Biomedical science graduates are aware of the current laboratory methods to investigate and diagnose human diseases in clinical and research environments. This includes an appreciation of research and the development of new technologies. (benchmark: 6.3)

Biomedical sciences graduates should recognise and apply subject-specific theories, paradigms, concepts or principles to reach evidence-based decisions. (benchmark: 4.2)

To be able to receive and respond to a variety of sources of information (textual, numerical, verbal, graphical), carry out sample selection, produce record scientific records & analyse data within a statistical context (an understanding of statistical significance and statistical power), and to communicate the outcomes to a variety of audiences using a range of formats, media and approaches including the avoidance of plagiarism. (benchmark: 4.4; 4.5)

Graduates should develop the skills necessary for self-managed and lifelong learning, have an appreciation for the role and impact of intellectual property, and identify and work towards targets for personal, academic, professional and career development. (benchmark: 4.7)


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