BMOL30020 Molecular basis of disease

Academic Year 2021/2022

This module will identify the main biochemical causes of disease and, in so doing, aims to provide the student with an understanding of an initial rationale for the treatment of the particular disease in question. Amongst the topics to be discussed will be gastrointestinal disorders, the microbiome and bacterial-mediated diseases (e.g TB, MRSA), neurodegenerative diseases, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module students should be able to:
• Explain the main biochemical causes of disease,
• Through specific examples, explain the molecular basis of bacterial- and viral-mediated disease.
• Describe our current knowledge of various gastrointestinal and neurodegenerative diseases and of the more prevalent diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer.
• Having completed the course, the student should be able to explain the approaches that can be exploited for the treatment of that disease.

Indicative Module Content:

The main modes of indicative learning on this module will be:
Lectures;
A laboratory component involving 4 lab practicals and submission of written reports;
Reflective Learning;
Practical Problem Solving;
Suggested Reading.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Specified Learning Activities

8

Autonomous Student Learning

66

Lectures

24

Laboratories

15

Total

113

Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
The main learning approaches on this module will be:

Lectures;
A laboratory component involving 4 lab practicals and submission of written reports;
Reflective Learning;
Practical Problem Solving;
Suggested Reading. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Recommendations:

It is recommended that students taking this module will have successfully completed either BMOL20090, BMOL20110 and BIOC20060 or other modules with equivalent learning outcomes.


Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
 
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Examination: Written exam, duration 2 hr 2 hour End of Trimester Exam No Standard conversion grade scale 40% No

70

Continuous Assessment: Practical write-ups/reports/MCQ Varies over the Trimester n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% No

30


Carry forward of passed components
Yes
 
Resit In Terminal Exam
Autumn No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Individual student feedback from initial lab reports will be delivered prior to submission of subsequent lab reports to help students achieve the intended learning outcomes. In addition, where common issues or mistakes arise, these will be shared anonymously with the group to promote group learning.

Name Role
Professor Orina Belton Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Gary Brennan Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Derek Costello Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Assoc Professor Siobhán McClean Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Jennifer Mitchell Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Seema Nathwani Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Tadhg Ó'Cróinín Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Ms Mary O'Brien Tutor
Dr Joan Simon Tutor
Dr Heather Wood Tutor
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
 
Spring
     
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 28, 30, 32 Mon 13:00 - 13:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 29 Mon 13:00 - 13:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32 Wed 13:00 - 13:50
Laboratory Offering 1 Week(s) - 21, 23, 25, 29 Tues 10:00 - 12:50
Laboratory Offering 2 Week(s) - 21, 23, 25, 29 Fri 10:00 - 12:50
Spring