Short Title:Medical Microbiology
Full Title:Medical Microbiology
Language of Instruction:English
Module Code:MEMI H3001
Credits: 5
Field of Study:Biology and biochemistry
Module Delivered in 3 programme(s)
Reviewed By:JOHN BEHAN
Module Author:SYLVIA HEALY
Module Description:The aim of this module is to provide students with knowledge of the medical importance of microorganisms and their effect on humans and public health. Students will learn how microorganisms cause disease (pathogenesis) and how diseases are spread (epidemiology). Students will also discover how our bodies defend themselves against invading pathogens by learning the fundamentals of immunology. Furthermore, students will investigate the characteristics of the main infectious organisms that cause disease in humans, and will learn how to prevent them, diagnose them and treat them. Additionally, students will learn about the various types of antibiotics and the worrying phenomenon of antimicrobial resistance.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Discuss the epidemiology of infectious disease: how infectious diseases are spread in the community and in hospitals.
LO2 Discuss the pathogenesis of disease: how microorganisms cause disease in humans
LO3 Discuss the fundamentals of immunology and how the human body defends itself against infectious diseases.
LO4 Discuss the normal microflora of humans and the main types of infectious agents of concern to human health
LO5 Discuss strategies for prevention of infection such as the use of infection control techniques and vaccines.
LO6 Discuss how infectious diseases may be treated using antimicrobial agents and how microorganisms resist these agents.
LO7 Outline the principles of traditional and rapid methods for laboratory diagnosis of infectious disease.

Module Content & Assessment

Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Continuous Assessment There will be at least 2 summative assessments during the semester. 1,2,3,4,5,6,7 30.00 Ongoing
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam End-of-Semester Final Examination 1,2,3,4,5,6,7 70.00 End-of-Semester

TU Dublin – Tallaght Campus reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture there will be 3 lectures per week in this topic 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Independent Learning Time It is expected that students will study for a minimum of 3 hours per week in this subject in addition to the 3 hours of lectures. Study may consist of reading material associated with the module or studying for exams. 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 6.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00
This module has no Part Time workload.

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • Kenneth J. Ryan,Nafees Ahmad,Scott Weissman,J. Andrew Alspaugh,W. Lawrence Drew,Michael Lagunoff,Paul Pottinger,L. Barth Reller,Megan E. Reller,CHARLES R. STERLING 2018, Sherris Medical Microbiology, Seventh Edition, McGraw-Hill Education / Medical [ISBN: 9781259859809]
  • Black, J. and Black, L. 2015, Microbiology: Principles and Practice, 9th ed Ed., John Wiley and Sons [ISBN: 9781118743164]
  • Willey,Sherwood,Woolverton 2017, Prescott's Microbiology, 10th Ed., McGraw Hill [ISBN: 9789813151260]
  • Ola Skold 2011, Antibiotics and Antibiotic resistance, Wiley USA and Canada [ISBN: 9780470438503]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
TA_SABIO_B Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Bioanalytical Science 5 Mandatory
TA_SBIOL_D Bachelor of Science in Bio Analysis (1 year add-on Bachelor Degree) 5 Mandatory
TA_SASCI_D Bachelor of Science in Bioanalysis or Chemical Analysis 5 Group Elective 1